Design motifs such as four-bar linkages and control systems must meet exacting requirements whether implemented in a space shuttle or a fish.
Whether their question was chosen intentionally to inflate the degree of support for “evolution,” I cannot say.
A key question is how long biologists can argue that life looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, but it is actually a cat.
As a colleague points out, Nagel’s departure from the “right-thinking consensus” is on a par with David Gelernter’s 2019 farewell to Darwinism.
Organizers of the St. Louis World’s Fair believed human zoos would “shed light on the theory evolved by Darwin as regards the evolution of the human race.”