I ask you to think about all the things that occur by accident here. It's not just the individual detail, but the composite complexity of each item that makes up other composite complexities that are part of other composite ones upon other ones upon other ones. Just one of them is more than what you see in those 100,000 other galaxies and we're supposed to believe, according to them, that every one of ours occurred by accident. That's the prevailing view of all the state and almost all the private school and university systems, so much so that it's the only position they allow. You get fitted for the dunce cap right when you walk through the door. Take your stupid pill at matriculation and then keep taking them all the way up to the wizard giving you the diploma.
People are planning a trip to Mars. Why? These are supposed to be the smart people.
Founder and owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, spends three days a week at his SpaceX company, and in a recent article, "The Elon Musk Interview on Mars" in Aeon (if you follow this link, careful with the beginning, and the foul language), Russ Andersen reports:
Musk told me he often thinks about the mysterious absence of intelligent life in the observable Universe. Humans have yet to undertake an exhaustive, or even vigorous, search for extraterrestrial intelligence, of course. But we have gone a great deal further than a casual glance skyward. For more than 50 years, we have trained radio telescopes on nearby stars, hoping to detect an electromagnetic signal, a beacon beamed across the abyss. We have searched for sentry probes in our solar system, and we have examined local stars for evidence of alien engineering. Soon, we will begin looking for synthetic pollutants in the atmospheres of distant planets, and asteroid belts with missing metals, which might suggest mining activity.
The failure of these searches is mysterious, because human intelligence should not be special. Ever since the age of Copernicus, we have been told that we occupy a uniform Universe, a weblike structure stretching for tens of billions of light years, its every strand studded with starry discs, rich with planets and moons made from the same material as us. If nature obeys identical laws everywhere, then surely these vast reaches contain many cauldrons where energy is stirred into water and rock, until the three mix magically into life. And surely some of these places nurture those first fragile cells, until they evolve into intelligent creatures that band together to form civilisations, with the foresight and staying power to build starships.
"Human intelligence should not be special"(I'm laughing out loud). Perhaps Musk or Andersen, because the Penn State 'scientists' had honed the 100,000 qualifying galaxies down from 100 million galaxies in their search, should restate their statement that humans have yet to undertake an exhaustive search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This seems to be the equivalent of googling space and the search coming up with nothing.
Human intelligence isn't special -- ya know -- compared to God, but, trust me, it's special in the sense that there isn't anything matching anywhere to the furthest reaches of space. However, the theory of evolution would assume that this should be occurring very regularly. With everything that we have on earth, as many times as it has happened, there is either a very intelligent and powerful designer, or we should have found something else out there. If you don't want to believe in the former, you're left with the latter, and it doesn't make any sense at all not to have found anything else. At. All.
Traveling to Mars is the ultimate leap of faith for those signing up for the trip to Mars. They can't trust God or the Bible, and they really are true believers in their myth, likely aided by a few too many science fiction films.