“We know that by some strange and mysterious mechanism all the constants of nature turned out to be exactly as they need to be for life to emerge…” 1
Amir D. Aczel
Imagine every human on earth being given a Rubik Cube with the challenge to simultaneously resolve the three-dimensional puzzle in sixty seconds or less. The likelihood of success ranks mathematically off the wall.
Suggesting the self-creation of all matter in the cosmos as a fall out-from theoretical cosmic inflation fired up by an ancient Big Bang explosion offers even less luck-of-the-draw odds.
Elements identified in the Periodic Table, were supposedly
self-created during those alleged inflation years following the Bang.
Exposed at chemical evolution’s starting gate is the fanciful idea that random processes self-created the environment and the proteins essential to produce a living cell—spontaneously from inert, inorganic chemicals.
Heavy doses of intellectual flimflam can’t disguise reality!
It takes a giant leap of faith to suggest chemical evolution set in motion the cosmic convergence of conditions essential for life anywhere in the universe. It takes another blind leap to believe biological evolution took over and spontaneously generated life on earth without intelligent input.
Strewn like a random dice throw across a black ocean of nothingness, “There may be as many as 40 billion planets roughly the size of the earth.” 2 At last count, 1800 planets have been identified. Only Kepler-186f, 3 some 490 light years distant, is considered the most “earth-like” planet with the possibility of housing a habitable zone.
So why life on the tiny blue island in space but only inert matter on Mars, Venus, Saturn or the moon? Did the pale blue dot win some cosmic lottery? Or is there a deeper meaning “as though somebody has fine-tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe…The Impression of design is overwhelming …We are truly meant to be here.” 4
The mass, color, location, and luminosity of stars; an ideal sized moon to control Earth’s axis tilt and the inclination of earth’s orbit; and a terrestrial crust with moving tectonic plates—all combine to set the stage for life within the cross hairs of a miniscule terrestrial spot in an infinity of space.
“Almost everything about the basic structure of the universe…the fundamental laws…of physics and the initial distribution of matter and energy…is balanced on a razor’s edge for life to occur.” 5
Earth’s privileged ecosystem thrives on balanced land/water ratios, all nestled within a thin atmospheric envelope with delicately matched ratios of oxygen, carbon dioxide, ozone, and nitrogen. Add a dash of carbon and a touch of sulfur. Finally, bolster the formula with some nitrogen and phosphorous. Sunshine, atmosphere, electromagnetism, gravity and a full range of elements listed on the periodic table, anchor the all-or-nothing list of absolutes. But that’s only the beginning of a life-essential base.
Starting with a formulated mix of oxygen and hydrogen, water flows, a crucial ingredient for life’s recipe. Life’s origin and survival demands water.
It’s axiomatic: no water, no carbon-based life as we know it.
Viewed from space, earth reflects a bright-blue hue. Supposedly 70% of the earth is covered with water. So much so that if the earth’s land crust was flattened, water hundreds of feet deep might cover its surface. Scholars draw fascinating conclusions: 96.5% of earth’s water consists of ocean marine water and 0.97% brackish water. That leaves 2.53% of our entire water supply as fresh water. This comparatively minuscule amount of fresh water is allocated: 69.6% to glaciers and permanent snow; 30.1% ground water; 0.29% lakes, marshes, and swamps; 0.05% soil moisture; 0.04% atmosphere; 0.006% rivers; and 0.003% living organisms. 6
Too much water drowns its victims. Without water, death follows in days.
This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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