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Did everything in the universe happen randomly or by intelligent design?

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We must first try to understand randomness and intelligent design to answer this.

In common usage, randomness is the apparent or actual lack of pattern or predictability in events. There are many definitions of intelligent design, but generally, we think of it as events not happening by chance but rather by the will of a higher intelligence, such as a God.

Many of us like to play games of chance, such as rolling the dice and playing the odds. Mathematicians would love to calculate those odds. Some scientists say the results are purely random. Others would say it was determined by cause and effect (the butterfly effect). Most people believe in some sort of intelligent design (Gods or a God) that is in control of the dice.

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Is the simple roll of the dice truly random? The result depends on many factors, the starting position in hand, the roll’s speed, the release’s timing, and the surface’s condition, but not really random. While not random, can we then say it was deliberately by the design of the roller? That would certainly be possible, but it would take extraordinary talent.

Now, let’s look at the bigger picture of randomness in the universe over time. Most scientists believe that the universe came into existence by a random big bang and that the state of everything in the universe today happened randomly. This includes us through evolution (randomly) and natural selection.

When scientists look for signs of intelligence in the universe, they look for artificial structures, cities, agriculture, and more signs of civilization. These are all considered to be not naturally forming in nature. They must have been constructed by the design of intelligent alien civilizations. It seems to me that this is a bit of a contradiction. If everything is supposed to have formed randomly, why couldn’t a city form randomly without intelligent aliens designing and building it?

When archaeologists dig up ancient artifacts, they discard dirt, rocks, and other debris but focus instead on pottery, plates, construction, and crude tools, which couldn’t have formed randomly. What if they dug up a pair of scissors, considered one of the simplest machines? If no civilization had made them, could they have formed randomly? Even if all of the basic raw materials came to be in the same place after our Earth was formed, could they have formed the scissors without intelligent design? Maybe a mathematician can work out those odds.

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Now remembering that a pair of scissors is not very complex. just a very basic machine. Let’s compare that to a much more complex item, like an eyeball. An eyeball is just one simple part of the human body. Yet given that a pair of scissors could not have formed randomly, how could a human being or even an eyeball have evolved randomly? Again mathematicians could try to work out those odds as well.

I often wonder why it’s so hard for Intelligent scientists, other scholars, and laypersons to accept that while we might be masters of what we create, we are not our own masters. We did not create ourselves.

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