One always - ALWAYS reads and hears about the intellectualism and wisdom of skeptics - atheists who deny what has been so obvious to so many for so long.
Disagree with these atheist (or agnostic) pontificators, and you are summarily relegated to eternal ignorance. It is a most unscientific and unenlightening pretense, this atheism. Atheists are always invoking the Holy Bible, especially when nobody else does. You don’t believe in a “Flat Earth”? No worries. Atheists will pretend you do. It’s consummately dishonest, but then again, atheism operates on dishonesty.
Profound Fortuitous Interdependencies - a phrase I originated - abound.
An example. The profoundly important atmosphere on which every human depends contains ~19% oxygen, one of the most reactive elements in the periodic table. Moreover it exists in the most reactive phase, gaseous.
How is it that most elements are bound up into compounds, while one of the more reactive exists wholesale, for breathing, and for fire, and for combustion in internal engines? Well, this is because of the oxygen cycle.
It is no mere coincidence that animals inspire oxygen and expire carbon dioxide while plants do much the opposite. Nor is it a mere product of evolution any more than is the fact that chemical reactions are 100% reversible at the molecular level.
Then we have the profoundly immense deposits of natural gas (under pressure, no less!) and crude oil, generously distributed all over the world. In virtually perfect containers! At a depth readily accessible to humans! For use in combustion engines, in conjunction with … oxygen.
However, without the perfect combustion rate, there could be no internal combustion engines. And without the profoundly differentiated elements we call metals, no pistons, no cylinders, etc. Metals have the unusual properties of extremely high thermal conductivity, permitting cooling. They have extraordinary high tensile strength, and abrasion resistance, which is further minimized by… the properties of oil. Then there’s the property of high electrical conductivity that metals have but not gases and not things like wood, and plastic, and glass or stones, or…
Well we’re not remotely through yet. Because metals must be in sufficient concentration to be recoverable. There are millions of tons of gold in the oceans, but it is not economical to separate it out. Were there not lots and lots of iron ore and aluminum ore near the surface in concentrated veins, … no motors. No engines.
While the foregoing Profound Fortuitous Interdependencies are necessary, they are not sufficient. Not by a long shot.
Why is it that some matter is opaque, and some is quite transparent. Take water, for example. And air. If we couldn’t see, we could hardly operate cars, or aircraft. I’m not sure life as we know it would be possible without sight.
But sight depends on the fact that light propagates through a vacuum with near perfection. But it also propagates through air ALSO with near perfection. Oh and water. And glass. And plastic. Why? Do you think that the properties of matter evolved to be so? Not any more than the extraordinarily fine tuning of the gravitational constant, and the weak nuclear force and the strong nuclear force and the electrostatic force and the electron/proton charge ratio and the electron/proton mass ratio, and perhaps twenty to forty other finely tuned physical constants.
Why is the velocity of light so profoundly large while the velocity of sound is precisely the opposite? What good “luck” ! Our ears discern differences of perhaps a ten-thousandth of a second in time between hearing at one ear and the other, thus giving us directionality and stereophonic sound.
Moreover, the ears perform a Fourier analysis such that one wave function is broken down into its discrete elements so that your ear breaks down a combination of wavelengths into a cello and a drum and a flute and a cough behind you. If your eye did this, it would break down white light into component parts and we would be immeasurably the poorer.
How fast does your computer download information? One gig? wow.
Your optic nerve transmits information to your brain at four gigabaud.
Your eye can detect a single photon of energy - the smallest amount of energy in the universe.
If you have ever seen a schematic of a complex electronic device, it is a maze of lines crossing each other, with nodes and switches. Similarly a diagram of a living cell has much the same structure. However a living cell, unlike an electronic device can (A) feed itself, (B) heal itself, © modify itself, (D) duplicate itself and the electrical thingies can do none of these.
More to the point, while we can reproduce the electronic machine, we cannot, even with the schematics of a cell, synthesize one from laboratory reagents.
I could go on at very great length on countless other Profound Fortuitous Interdependencies, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I get home. And miles to go before I get home.