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  •  That's not going to help (4.00)
    how did this universe get here?  What caused the very first one celled organism to become "alive."  You can talk about zebra fish all you want, but that doesn't explain anything about how or why we all got here.

    So talk to Steven Weinberg.

    I don't personally believe it, but if you want to think some all-powerful deity triggered the Big Bang, go ahead: but you're still missing the point. What evolution is saying is that we are not a predestined form, there was almost 4 billion years of complex earthly history before a gang of militant goat-herders got together and decided to write up the legend of their Grampaw and present it as a complete and total history of the world, and your lineage is no more distinguished than that of an arrowworm, an amoeba, or an anemone.  A vast and incomprehensible god whose power started the cosmos does not rebut the point: you are an insignificant dollop of fragile goo that will last for only the briefest moment in the grand scheme of things.

    It's funny how people rush to their distant space-time diddling god when they have to face the fact that they, personally, are as significant as a bug. I just don't see how it solves your problem.

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