Termed ‘the anthropic principle,” there is in fact a great deal of precision-tuned details which further emphasize the fact that this entire reality is the direct handiwork of an intelligence. Astonishingly, our existence, in many ways even the very existence of this universe, rides along a knife-edge of incredible detail and requisite stability that simply cannot be ascribed to statistical probability.
Take, for instance, the nature of subatomic particles. Atoms are formed from aggregations of protons and neutrons, orbited by negatively-charged electrons. It is a fact that protons are some 1,836 times larger than electrons, and if this ratio were off by even a fraction in either direction, then the stability of entire universe would be affected. If protons were heavier than neutrons (even by a seemingly insubstantial amount), then they would be inherently unstable, rapidly decaying into a range of other particles, completely and irreversibly damaging the very structure of our universe, from the chemical composition of stars to the makeup of the most important compound in nature, water.
Furthermore, the electric charge of protons too conveys the same notion of design, as, though the particle is much larger than an electron, the two are perfectly paired in regard to their electrical properties, with the positive charge of the proton being equal to the negative charge of the electron, thus balancing the atomic structure of matter. It is clear that the weight and charge of atomic particles appear to have been specifically chosen to ensure physical, chemical, and biological stability across the universe.
Other notable examples of precision design elements within the natural world include the various properties of water, including its solvency, density, and thermal aspects, among others. We see the telltale marks of design also in the protective properties of the planet’s atmosphere, providing a complex yet delicate balance of gases so as to protect against overwhelming climatic instabilities, and likewise the planet’s reflectivity, ensuring safety against damaging radiation from the sun. Consider just a few other examples:
- The distances of stars in our galaxy
- Slightly different distances outside of the average 30 trillion miles we see in our galaxy would affect orbital patterns and destabilize Earth’s climate 1
- The size and placement of the sun, moon, and planets within our solar system
- The gravitational effects of each are dramatically important in keeping the solar system, as well as Earth itself, balanced and in proper order
- The chemical makeup of each of those bodies
- The elemental composition of each impacts the weight, and subsequently the gravity, of each; likewise, on Earth, such is necessary for life to function, each living thing requiring nutrients that are derived from these specific resources
- The paths and lengths of their orbits across space
- The centrifugal forces at play in these planets must be precisely balanced with the gravitational forces at work, lest nothing would be held in orbit around the sun
- The speeds of our planet’s own rotations and revolutions around the sun
- If planetary rotation lasted much longer than 24 hours, the temperature differences between day and night would be too extreme, likewise, if they were much shorter than 24-hours, the atmospheric wind speeds would be too great to support life as we know it
- Earth’s tilted axis
- If the planetary tilt was much more than what we see, then surface temperatures, indeed annual seasons, would be dramatically different and ill-fit for life
- The color of the sun
- The yellow color emitted from our sun appears to be optimized for photosynthesis, the natural process upon which plant life, and subsequently all other higher forms of life, is dependant
The table above is by no means an exhaustive outline of the many variables that are absolutely necessary for life, each required to be completely perfect in their execution for this planet, indeed this universe in many cases, to be viable. Each betrays a greater truth, not only in terms of their own individual worth, but also through their cumulative and co-dependent effects.
This planet and everything about it appears to be custom-built for life; for us. As the Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Planck said:
“According to everything taught by the exact sciences about the immense realm of nature, a certain order prevails–one independent of the human mind . . . this order can be formulated in terms of purposeful activity. There is evidence of an intelligent order of the universe to which both man and nature are subservient.” 2
Even so, as is often the case, skeptics retreat from the issue at hand, formulating theorems and speculations in an effort to marginalize the obvious. In this case, notable researchers have attempted to dismiss the clear anthropogenic leanings of this universe by declaring that we happen to just be lucky, that ours is but one of an infinity of potential universes, and it is our good fortune to exist within one in which all the necessary criteria across the span of reality have culminated into a “goldilocks” scenario of perfection for the advent and proliferation of life. Believe what you like, but for me this is simply an evasive tactic, whereby those who wish to ignore the obvious nature of our existence can freely do so in willful ignorance…
– This was an excerpt from “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –
- Heeren, Fred, “Show Me God: What the Message from Space Is Telling Us About God,” Search Light, Wheeling, IL, 1995, pg 196
- Barth, A., “The Creation In the Light of Modern Science,” Jerusalem Post Press, Jerusalem, 1966, pg 144
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