I thought you were going to “ask a follow-up question or two”, not make vague and innaccurate characterizations. I’m just working with the questions you gave me - if you want better answers, ask better questions.
Well, since I wasn’t there at the time, it’s hard to know exactly what went on. Contrary to your opinion, this does not make me a solipsist. A solipsist would claim that we can know nothing about even our direct sensory experiences (i.e., am I a “head in a box”?). But, we have no experience of the beginning of the universe, at least last time I checked. If you have some photos, please email them to me. If you want to characterize me, I would say “skeptic” would be more accurate.
As to what I think about the origin of the universe: “I don’t know”, pretty much sums it up. However, I AM pretty sure it did not happen as portrayed in the Bible. Too many things in that account conflict with our observations for it to be believable. Besides that, it conflicts with the creation accounts of other religions. Believing one account necessitates disbelieving another, so why believe ANY of them?
Does anything exist outside of the universe? We currently have no way of knowing, and I don’t see any point in blindly speculating. If “intelligence” does exist outside of the universe, I have seen no evidence that it interacts with us in any way. I do not find the claims of religious folks that they have some sort of direct mental link with this “intelligence” to be convincing, in the same way that I find astrologists and psychics unconvincing.
I am also unconvinced by the “beautiful design” argument. As Mr. Svinlesha (good to see you, Mr. S) pointed out, there is an equal amount of ugliness and meaninglessness to balance out the beauty in the universe. I would like to take this a step further, and suggest that beauty is simply a state of mind. Our brains are adapted to recognize things that are beneficial to us in some way, and we experience this as a pleasant feeling. A fly probably thinks a pile of dog poop is beautiful. The fact that these pleasant feelings can be reproduced artificially to some extent with drugs tends to support this explanation.
Finally, I think words like “origin” and “beginning” are misleading when applied to the universe. Cause and effect are characteristics of the universe. I see no reason to assume they apply to the universe AS A WHOLE. To do that would be to assume there is a time continuum OUTSIDE of the universe in addition to the time continuum of the universe itself.