A Universe Made Just for Us?

Category Atheism, Cosmology, God

Back when I was a Christian believer, I used to buy into creationist arguments about how fine-tuned our world seems to be for human life. But… now I know better. I won’t get into debunking fine-tuning arguments in this post, as that is not the point of it. But, for further reading see:

http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2012/07/problems-with-fine-tuning-argument.html

And also this glorious link:

http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Fine-tuning_argument

What I really want to make a point of is that we now know that we live in a universe that is almost unimaginably vast. It contains billions of galaxies which all contain millions of stars and likely millions of planets as well. Since I am not a cosmologist, I am certainly open to having those numbers corrected, if need be. But suffice it to say that our universe is ENORMOUS. And to think now that it was created with us humans in mind is sheer folly. It is ridiculous in the extreme. As Carl Sagan said so beautifully:

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

This glorious image contains millions of galaxies:

space

This was all made for us? I don’t think so… humans cannot survive for very long in the cold and vacuum of outer space without protection from it and, while we know of quite a few exoplanets now, not a single one that I am aware of is likely to be able to support life as we know it. The vast majority of our universe is hostile to life as we know it, so how could it have really been made with us in mind? I happen to love the entertainment phenomenon known as Star Trek. I am a dyed in the wool Trekkie, though not as hardcore as some. But right now that show is pure science fiction. We are not anywhere close to having the kind of technology that the people of the Star Trek universe take for granted. It may be a good while before we have good evidence that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe and we join some sort of benevolent federation of planets.

Anyway, my 2 cents… there simply is no credible evidence that a God of any kind actually exists, and it is glaringly obvious that this universe was not created with us in mind…