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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Fri Sep 29, 2017, 08:08 PM

6. You are asking a multi-disciplinary question about a multiverse of possibilities...

The logical answer to the query at the heart (I think) of what you're pondering is: Yes, evolution was destined to lead to us because it has led to us. It is what it is, and nothing else. However, that is ignoring an absolute deluge of questions and oversights in your premise. The fact is, even though it was destined (in hindsight ONLY) to lead to us, it COULD have led to an infinite multitude of different ends had ANY of the variables involved over the vast scale of geological time that has elapsed on this planet been any different. Geologic upheaval, celestial impacts, ice ages, mass extinctions... these vast and violent intruiges to the historic course of the evolution of life on earth are hardly precision events. Yet, over the vastness of time, the precise conditions they precipitated have created very specific parameters for the evolution of organic life here to explore.


The larger problem that I see is that you are presupposing a universe where a literal Judeo-Christian god exists in harmony with the mechanics of Darwinian evolution by natural selection. That in and of itself is a bit of a paradox from the outset, as evolution by natural selection is a profound organic process that would be usurped and undefined by any form of supernatural input or contengency. Creationism has no place in serious evolutionary thought. The only place you may find purchase for your seed of deistic hope would be in the yet to be fully understood mechanism by which chemistry became biology. Molecular biologist have yet to solve that particular ancient puzzle, so I suppose one might imagine that a god breathed that initial "spark" into the primordial ooze... But such a singular and ancient an act of creation is hardly worthy of the prosaic genesis required to believe in any form of Abrahamic gospel... and if you can't believe some of it, why should you trust any of it?

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