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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Inspired by William Paley's inference of a creator from the mechanisms of nature, and a bad pun from Descartes view of non-human organisms as 'machina anima'. A pyritized ammonite is fused with an 18th century pocket watch mechanism by the photographer. Paley began his book on natural theology by stating that a watch found on a heath while walking would give proof of a designer while a stone would not, just as complex natural creation gives proof of God. Dawkins' mentions this logic in "The Blind Watchmaker" and goes on to evoke evolution by natural selection as the mechanism for achieving complex design.
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