Natures wonders: bacteria can spear amoebas (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Sunday, August 20, 2017, 15:39 (399 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: He took his time having fun with each design.

dhw: Yep, you really are cottoning on at last. Maybe, if God exists, the whole history of evolution and the whole purpose of life itself is him having fun. You dismiss that idea as anthropomorphizing your God when I suggest that he created a free-for-all for his entertainment, but it’s OK so long as you have him doing all the designing. Having fun with whales and monarchs and weaverbirds’ nests explains the whole higgledy-piggledy bush. None of this stuff about keeping life going till he can produce the human brain (which he could obviously have done without bacterial spears and pre-whales and weaverbirds’ nests). It’s fun all the way. This is a red letter day in the history of the Agnosticweb! :-P

DAVID: It is fun to try to anthropomorphize God, as long as we recognize we have no idea of how to imagine His personality. He might well have a non-serious side and actually enjoy taking time to make specially designed forms of life on the way to the 'brain', which, by the way, can recognize His existence.

dhw: Well, at least the idea of enjoyment does away with the impossible task of finding some connection between all these wonderful designs and your all-powerful God’s alleged one and only purpose of producing the human brain (perhaps the most entertaining wonder of them all).

That comment always brings me back to 'everyone has got to eat' along the way to the brain. We have no answer to the question as to why God took so long to get there. But that is what happened.


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