You do wonder why life kept evolving to the point where we can have this conversation. I mean, if it were just a matter of survival, why not stop at blue-green algae? Or dinosaurs? Or chimps, for that matter? Doesn't it strike you as just a little - what is the word - portentious, that life evolved to the point where it can sit here and philosophize via computer?
Conversely, the most eloquent advocate of the idea that 'life arose by chance' was undoubtedly Jacques Monod, a Nobel-winning biochemist whose book Chance and Necessity
is still a standard text in scientific philosophizing on the origins of life. Monod was convinced we are a biochemical fluke, an accident of nature that happened by mistake in a hostile universe as the result of the accidental collocation of atoms. But even he has to admit that there is vast amount of the process which is mere conjecture.
But the more I think about that explanation, the more I wonder what it actually explains. It is an irony that scientists, with the emphasis they put on finding explanatory theories, feel it necessary to assert that life arose without a cause. In fact, in any other field of endeavours this would amount to an admission of defeat. I think the only reason that science considers this explanation is because of what is being denied. It really only makes sense to say that life arose by chance, as distinct from
divine creation. By itself, the attribution of something to chance is not a theory.
I have no doubt that homo sapiens evolved from earlier primates, but where did order
come from? That is the really tough question. My conception of the underlying intelligence is not some super-architect or uber-designer, but the fact that certain fundamentals, constants, ratios and constraints were present at the instant of creation (and yes, we have one of those in our cosmology) in such a way that life is able to spontaneously generate. And my feeling is, it will always tend to recapitulate certain forms
which are implicated in the nature of things as the same way as geometry.
But proof? No, never. And I like it like that. It is all part of the plan:bigsmile: