Recently, I found one of my posts, The Impossibility of Human Existence, linked in another blogger’s post called “Unmasking Anti Jehovah Sites and People.” Considering my post was about the theory of parallel universes, my blasphemy was definitely found out by this blogger. Congratulations on finding me. Guilty as charged! But in all seriousness, I found it a little upsetting that my post had been used in such a way. Although I do present some theories about human existence that discount the reality of God, nowhere do I ever mention that these theories are correct, and in no way am I discussing these theories as a reason to prove that God is not real. My ultimate goal on my blog is not to brainwash my readers into becoming atheists but to delve into the unknown surrounding human existence and to marvel at the entire concept of humanity and society.
That said, I decided to explore what religion has to say about the multiverse theory. In short, this theory attempts to explain how, with millions of factors to get right, human life exists. The fact that an atom has to be a certain size, an electron has to be a specific charge, or that earth has to have the exact temperature to make life possible makes the odds of our existence very small. Is this all just a grand coincidence or God’s design? According to the multiverse theory, an infinite number of universes exist. Therefore, according to probability, all the conditions needed for human existence should occur in at least one of those universes. Obviously, we may never know if this is true, and there is currently no evidence to support this theory. So, isn’t this similar to the argument of God? Religion claims that believing in the multiverse requires just as much faith as believing in God. And since neither explanation for our existence can be proven, I understand where this is coming from. Even scientist Paul Davies states that “invoking an infinity of unseen universes to explain the unusual features of the one we do see is just as [made up] as invoking an unseen creator. The multiverse theory may be dressed up in scientific language. But in essence, it requires the same leap of faith.”
Or, in more universal terms: “To continue in atheism, I’d need to believe nothing produces everything, non-life produces life, randomness produces fine-tuning, chaos produces information, unconsciousness produces consciousness, and non-reason produces reason. I just didn’t have that much faith.” I don’t know where this quote is from, but it puts the argument of God into perspective.
Now imagine what life was like thousands, or even hundreds, of years ago: limited scientific knowledge, limited technology, limited resources. For most of human history, the average life expectancy never reached above 40 years, disease and famine were great powers that wiped away millions and millions of people, and, until the Industrial Revolution was well underway, most of the human population all over the world lived in extreme poverty. And even when you bring it towards more recent times, smallpox, a disease that killed about 500 million people in the 20th century, is now described in the past tense on Wikipedia. Since then, our lives had burst with astronomical innovation and knowledge. And just like a peasant of the middle ages dying from an infected tooth couldn’t imagine how standard and commonplace a root canal would be in our times, or a traveler using the moon for navigation could never imagine that one day we would be walking on it, the same applies to scientific knowledge. Before these things were discovered, no one could even imagine that we are made up of atoms or that the earth is round and revolves around the sun. Or more specifically, just like the “Ultraviolet disaster” (the way some light behaved seemed to go against the laws of Physics) was solved by the discovery of Planck’s constant, another such constant could be discovered to explain why humans exist. Maybe even the theory of multiverse could be proven one day. So, if something appears to be so fantastical today, it does not mean it would be in hundreds of years.
I think the person who said the second quote got it all wrong. Just because, with the absence of God, it may seem like humanity randomly appeared out of disorder, what about the possibility that it actually did not? Just because science cannot explain yet, it does not mean that there isn’t a reason for it. Just because scientist are still grappling with the elusive concept of consciousness, it does not mean that God endowed each of us with an immortal and immaterial soul. Just because we can’t explain some aspects of human existence, there is no reason to believe that we will not be able to in the future. The curiosity and determination of humanity has driven us to such great heights, why does it have to stop here? And if some questions really are truly unanswerable by science, there is no way of knowing that right now either.
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