Such accounts invoke the abrupt appearance of key features of advanced eyes including the lens, cornea, and iris.
Before Darwin, biologists attributed the beauty, integrated complexity, and adaptation of organisms to their environments to a powerful designing intelligence.
The meeting exposed the reality, hidden from the public, that leading evolutionary theorists recognize that natural selection has no real creative power.
Here is a small, representative sampling of such claims over the past three centuries. These claims are not from science, but they drive science.
As I read through the scientific literature of evolutionary biology to try and convince myself of its accuracy and coherence, I was struck by the frequency with which I encountered “religious” language.