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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