Some call blind the watchmaker who conceived of life, but it is his watch that strikes all of us blind: some are blinded by so much intelligence, others are blind in the worst way because they do not wish to see it at all.
To Be Done With Darwinism, 1993
Proponents of Darwinism often claim that opposition to their theory is only found in uneducated religious fundamentalist in the U.S. Nothing could be further from the truth as illustrated by this quote, and book, by Rosine Chandebois, now a retired French Professor of Embryology. While British Darwinist, Richard Dawkins, tries to dismiss Paley’s watchmaker argument for design with his “Blind Watchmaker” logic, Chandebois, makes the case that it is Dawkins and his fellow Darwinists who are blind to the evidence. The book, Pour en finir avec le darwinisme (To Be Done with Darwinism) is a detailed, comprehensive, and empirically informed survey of the claims of standard Darwinian theory. By looking at cases from a variety of disciplines, from paleontology to genetics to embryology, this book demonstrates in rigorous fashion why the doctrine of chance variation and selective retention is wholly inadequate to account for the facts of the functional organization and evolution of living things.
Rosine Chandebois is Emerita Professor of Embryology at the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I), in Marseilles. She has pursued research in embryology, as well as in regeneration phenomena and teratology, and taught in the Faculté des Sciences, de Médecine, et d'Odontologie in Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles for some 40 years. In addition to numerous research papers and several technical monographs, in recent years she has published a series of works on evolution, genetics, embryology, and bioethics that are aimed at the scientifically literate layman. These include Pour en finir avec le darwinisme (To Be Done with Darwinism), Ed. Espaces, 1993 (new ed., 2005); Le gène et la forme (Genes and Form), Ed. Espaces, 1999; Comment les cellules construisent l'animal (How Cells Build Animals), Phenix, 1999; and L'embryon, cet inconnu (The Unknown Embryo), L'Age d'homme, 2004.