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Kirk Durston: Earth most special planet after all?

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From Kirk Durston, in response to Ethan Siegel at Forbes, “Humanity May Be Alone In The Universe” (an unusual commonsensical approach to the question of extraterrestrial civilizations) at Contemplations:

From a materialistic, evolutionary perspective, our technologically advanced civilization is almost certainly unique in the universe. Indeed, if the origin of life is so improbable that we should not even be here, then it seems we are faced with an interesting choice. The first option is to grant Koonin’s theory that we won a lottery against mind-staggering odds, requiring a near infinite number of unseen, untestable universes. The second option arises out of our observation that the universe and this particular planet seem to be incredibly fine-tuned to support life. It may be more rational, therefore, to conclude that there is, in fact, just one Creator who is greatly interested in Earth and its in habitants. So the choice is between an infinite number of universes to explain our monstrous stroke of luck, or a Creator of the cosmos Who has a purpose for humanity. I suggest we go with Ockham’s Razor and go with the latter.

So it seems that things have come full swing since I was a child. Now, when I stare up into the cosmos, my childhood assumption that the cosmos revolves around Earth, is long gone, of course. But Earth is the centre of the universe in a very different sense. As the home planet of an astonishingly improbable, technologically advanced society, it is an anomaly of gigantic proportions. I think it vastly more likely that the appearance of design we see everywhere in nature points to a Master Designer, Creator of space, time, matter, energy, and the laws of physics that govern them. More.

See also: Kirk Durston: Extreme upper limit evolutionary trials 4B yrs

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Post #3 seems like one big, fat begging of the question to me. With a bit of poor theology tacked on at the end. Phinehas
Seversky, this post is not about you or your parents. It is about the freaking unique planet Earth. And yes, a "universe just for us suggests an extravagance bordering on the absurd" has plenty of physicists and biologists scratching their heads. Extremely itchy heads. ppolish
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I, like everyone else, am an incredibly complex arrangement of uncounted trillions of molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles. What are the odds against that particular arrangement coming into existence at this time and in this place? Astronomical? (For some reason I keep thinking of that line out of Casablanca, "Of all the gin-joints in all the towns in all the world...") Yet, as far as I know, I wasn't designed. I came about through the perfectly natural process of sexual reproduction. As did my parents and my parents parents and my parents parents parents and so on. And there are over seven billion other equally improbable arrangements of sub-atomic particles or waves or whatever who came about the same way. Highly improbable stuff seems to happen all the time so I don't think were in a position yet to say whether there is a lot of life out there or not. My own view is that there is, that for a being to create this unimaginably vast universe just for us suggests an extravagance bordering on the absurd. Seversky
PP, an unobservable, speculative quasi-infinite multiverse actually slips across the border from Physics into Philosophy. That is significant as the applicable method (never mind the Mathematical apparatus) becomes comparative difficulties across competing live option worldviews. And theism is such a live option view. KF kairosfocus
So, which field has the finer fine tuning - Physics or Biology? Anyone do the math? Physics can explain their improbabilities with the Multiverse. What's Biology's excuse? ppolish

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