Let’s return to a simple question that we asked in our previous post: what is it about the natural world that is so impressive? One answer that clearly comes to mind is that biological organisms (aka animals) are highly functional.
That is to say that animals are able to perform functions and actions of incredible skill and precision. It is the technological wonder of these actions that leads the religious personality to exclaim ‘how wondrous are your works O’ G-d’ and the religious philosopher to state that we have clear evidence of the hand of G-d.
As such, we need to stop and take a closer look at nature so that we ourselves can see the wonders that others have marveled at. There can be no religious awe, no meaningful philosophical discussion or scientific inquiry until witness this with our own eyes.
So for now (and the posts to come in this series) we are going to watch, wonder and enjoy the genius of the natural world.
Now You Don’t, Now You See Him
Speed Diving and Fast Flying in the Jungle
Now Listen Carefully
How to Catch a Fish from 30 Feet in the Air
Ready, Aim, Water
Flea Jumping – the Untold Story
Fast and Slow
I have let the above videos speak for themselves. From a technological standpoint, we often times can’t design systems this sophisticated and accurate. And that, I think, is one good way to evaluate the quality of the design in the natural world. How easy would it be for us to recreate the functionality that we find there? Can we create something that can maneuver like the Gos Hawk or that can camouflage itself like the Octopus? If so, what is involved? How technical and sophisticated a project is it?
When we realize the technical sophistication and intelligence that is needed to recreate the functionality that we see in nature one can rightly argue (or at least suggest) that G-d seems like a reasonable explanation for that design. This is doubly so when we realize that what we witnessed above is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, I could create an entire site just noting the functional wonders of nature. But for now, I’ll just settle for select examples of nature’s brilliant designs (as I hope to show in the posts to come).