As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going.
In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Yet here we are, not only existing, but talking about existing. Can every one of those many parameters have been perfect by accident?
Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network…But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening … His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly.
The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting …
Here are some of the factors that make Earth what it is: I was pleased to learn of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that sets forth a “rare Earth” perspective and also points to the conclusion that Earth’s perfect conditions are so astonishing as to shout “intentional design.” The article, written by Eric Metaxas, is entitled Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God – In 1966 …
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The same year Time [Magazine] featured the now-famous headline [Is God Dead?We have discussed on the blog before the potential flaws in the mere statistical presumption that because there are so many stars there must be billions of other Earth-like planets in the universe that likely support life similar to ours. Because it is not just one or two things that make Earth what it is; it is many, many essential things that make Earth capable of sustaining life for long enough that our civilization has been able to emerge.As these essential qualities are factored into the equation, the probability of sustained conditions capable of hosting advanced life and a civilization of intelligent beings drops very quickly.But I DO have a problem with people who idolize science as the definitive word on everything, and with some (not all) scientists who get credit for having advanced the “definitive” answer to all things.Can we please get over this “science as a substitute for religion” obsession of the modern age?Religion looks more to primary cause and to final and formal causality.With such spectacular odds [which Sagan set forth], the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence [SETI], a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed.Today there are more than 200 known parameters necessary for a planet to support life—every single one of which must be perfectly met, or the whole thing falls apart.[e.g.] Without a massive planet like Jupiter nearby, whose gravity will draw away asteroids, a thousand times as many would hit Earth’s surface.There must also be a cornea, fluid in just the right condition, just the right sort of tissue to form the lens, just the right distance between the cornea and the retina, just the right sort of muscles to adjust for the light conditions, just the right sort of photosensitive cells in the retina, etc. There are also many microscopic requirements of every cell, and every part of every cell in the eye that must come together just so for the eye to be the eye and to function properly.It is hard to imagine how things of this complexity could simply come together randomly and blindly.