Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

Like you, I’ve pondered over evolution but I've always dismissed a creationist view in the religious sense. As human beings we are far too small to see any big picture on the scale of the universe but arrogant enough to think we have all the answers. I try to come to terms with the miracle of natural selection and all life evolving from a primordial soup by thinking that life on Earth is probably a unique thing in the Universe.

That in itself would be such an incredible possibility that it completely overshadows the evolution of species by a long shot. Most eminent scientists including Carl Sagan use probability theories to conclude that life exists probably somewhere in our own galaxy let alone the whole Universe, which makes it sound commonplace.

What if the odds of the formation of life, due to everything being in the right place at the right time, are billions upon billions to one? That could easily make the Earth a unique place and that in itself would be mind blowing enough to make the acceptance of evolution a doddle.

Of course, another way of looking at it would be that the Universe might be tiny and only appears vast to us because we are microscopic by comparison. Scale is always a misleading concept and humans base the size of everything around them on their size which is unhelpful when trying to understand the Universe.

The size of a supertanker is difficult to take in, so we have little chance of trying to come to terms with anything as large as the Universe. Leaving aside the what and where, it could conceivably be possible that the Universe was designed and created in the same way that a human being at a macro level can design the vastness of the internal architecture of a microprocessor chip.


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