Joined: Dec. 2002
An interesting post. Funny, I'm dealing with the same logic over at ISCID. John Bracht started a thread over there on "designed for discovery". He suggests that certain biological systems were designed with the intention of facilitating human research. The argument suffers from many obvious flaws, which I'd rather not get into right now, but here is the content of my post.
|John poses an interesting question. And in fact, his notion can be carried beyond the realm of scientific discovery. For instance:|
1) Has anyone noticed how perfectly suited our faces are for holding eyeglasses? The bridge of the nose fits squarely between the lenses to prop up the heaviest part of the glasses, and the ears brace the back part of the glasses. The center of gravity falls right in the middle of the head for maximum stability. The curve of the ears makes a perfect match with the curve of the rims to prevent the glasses from slipping off.
2) Hands are perfectly suited for gloves. Humans use their hands more than any other part of their body. But some situations, such as cold temperature and caustic chemicals, don't allow bare hands to be used. Enter gloves! Hands fit all the way to the end of each fingertip of the glove to allow for maximum grip. The angles between each of the fingers of the glove are not the same. For instance, the angle between the thumb and index finger on the glove is much larger than the angle between the index finger and third finger. Luckily, the angles between our fingers match the arrangement on the gloves exactly.
3) Wrists are perfectly suited for watches. What else is a wrist for? It doesn't really serve any immediate purpose. But the circumference of the wrist matches the circumference of the watch + watchband exactly. In addition, the wrist is placed on the body in the perfect position. Our hands are usually in front of us, and right behind them are our wrists! So if you are doing something with your hands, a quick glance at the wrist will tell you time. You donít even need to stop what youíre doing with your hands to accomplish this simple task. If the wrist was placed anywhere else on the body, watches would be useless.
The moderator has found this type of post inappropriate and not in line with the spirit of Brainstorms. So, I think I'll remove the post and let it be archived here.