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The Blind Watchmaker by EranFowler The Blind Watchmaker by EranFowler
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Because I was having too much fun, I threw together another wallpaper with the same theme, but a little more fanciful.

Paper texture again by [link] .
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ericjpb Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
Wonderfully imaginative seed corn by Eran, thank you so much! 

From simple beginnings copy/vary/select builds immense complexity.
Ideas powerful enough to explain everything. 
An interactive whole shebang & caboodle, layer upon layer of hierarchical interactivity & emergence - energy, matter, chemistry, biology, immunity, neural circuits, instincts, language, social behaviour and culture.
Changes at one level are tested for survival against alternatives at other levels. 
Everything effects everything else, self consistency is guaranteed.
Human behaviour is embedded in an historical trajectory of a nested set of sets ... 

john p…
nahojis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Superb work!
ahsie Featured By Owner May 27, 2013

I am smoldering from the steampunk vibes....
Edlic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Y U NO 1024x768?! >_>
creativesam Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Inventive use of a tree structure on "watch" face.

And organic looking tendrils on the hands. Well done.
yumor Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
cool !
Earim Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Hey Pyxelated I think I found your work here, resubmitted by some other Deviant
I like this piece and wanted to let you know :)
EranFowler Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for letting me know, Earim. =) I appreciate it.
Kamiruchan015 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I totally downloaded it - it's now my current wallpaper
great stuff!
I love the watch imagery, and the subtext is deep
well done!
Chenn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
much more thematic.. According to the title (:

should i be 5.5? (:
Kelso-3 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Very good...
feniksas4 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist
Interesting work:)
jambe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
Brilliant work on this and the ticket draft!

Out of curiosity, are you a fan of Dawkins? His writing is beautiful when he sticks to what he knows (evolutionary biology, etc) but when he critiques religion he seems to lose the punch and nuance that comes with being knowledgeable about your subject. I'm an atheist myself, mind, so I don't really disagree with anything put forth in The God Delusion. While I think critiquing religion and exposing its silliness is a worthwhile endeavor, Dawkins isn't particularly good at it.
EranFowler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, I must agree; I find that he loses his professionalism when he talks about religion, and I flat-out disagree with his assertions about atheism. I'm agnostic, personally, because I see it as the only truly rational position; not that I don't have suppositions one way or another, but because I don't see that evidence for or against a God is knowable. I try to leave my emotionalism at home, and Dawkins fails to do that.
jambe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
One redeeming point of the book, I thought, was Dawkin's spectrum of theistic probability:


I would be a six, and Dawkins is a six. He's only "truly agnostic" regards stuff that has a trivial or nonexistent effect on daily life (fairies, orcs, dragons, etc). Religion obviously has major effects on life and thus deserves rational criticism.

The assumption of a presence that's not provable, observable or effectual is irrational by definition; the only "truly rational" spots on Dawkin's spectrum are thus 4-6. Regards soundness of judgement and compliance with the observable natural world, 6 is the most rational position. 1-3 and 7 are intrinsically irrational.
EranFowler Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I would be a 5. And yes, I think it's a useful tool for evaluating one's position. =) I also agree that religion merits rational criticism for veracity and internal consistency, but I will leave that task to those with the stomach for it. I prefer to direct my attention towards secular and humanist matters, like science and utilitarian ethics.
jambe Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
I'm much like you in that regard; I can stomach critiquing religion but I'm far more interested in other things — biology, astronomy, ceramics, illustration, game design. Time spent refuting silly superstition could be better spent doing other stuff.

I like ethics, myself... but it's impossible to delve into philosophy of morality or practical/applied ethics without encountering "divine providence is the source of all morality" nutters. At least, that's what it's like in Indiana; I've heard it's different in places like Denmark and Sweden.
EranFowler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, yes, they do have a way of popping up. It's not so bad in the Northwest (my family is Oregonian, and I'm attending school in Canada) particularly in places of education, but you still see a few naturalists insisting on ethics as an inherent quality in all things. Unless you're still referring to the deists, who literally think there is no morality without a God (I use the term "morality" dubiously) which I always found to be an extremely infantilizing and victimizing way of looking at man's role in his own destiny. Those, I don't see very often up here. At least, not in the rarefied environment of post-secondary education.
Plenty of crazy to go around, in the real world.
jambe Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I'd like to move to the northwest — Washington or Oregon. I've always fancied the temperate forests! Trees don't get that big out here, and we don't get that wonderful scent of conifer litter after a rain shower. That's one of my favorite aromas... just thinking of it makes me contented, and I long for the coast. *sigh*

I was referring to deists, but the same holds true of anybody who believes a "supreme being" dictates laws to mankind or otherwise has measurable or observable impacts on our existence (so, all the Abrahamic sects qualify, as do pretty much all religions, really).

And yeah... "morality" tends to be one of those "you're OBVIOUSLY instilled with it" kinds of nonsense words thrown around by apologists.
EranFowler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I do believe I like you, sir. =) Good conversation is always a rare treat.

I'd definitely recommend Portland if you ever get the chance. Wonderfully quirky atmosphere, as can be expected of the final resting place of the world's hippy population.
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Anastasia-N Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Student
The arrows are so fine=)
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