I really don’t like to think of myself as an atheist. I’m not sure why. Perhaps the reasons are similar to the reasons I was always a bit embarrassed to be associated with Christians while I was one. I feel this way about being a part of any group for that matter. When you hook up with a group…
Hello! Nice post. I like discussing philosophical things, so here’s my reaction :)
Evolution has no direction. There is no such thing as most or least evolved. There are more and less complex life-forms, but that’s just a side-effect of biodiversity. Look at Jellyfish. Their population is exploding and they don’t even have brains. It’s just a numbers game: reproduction and survival to reproduce. In this case, the Jellyfish are probably our fault.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the traits we like to see are exactly the traits humans evolved to have (and non-coincidentally, hypothetical Gods seem to have these traits, too: love, jealousy, even consciousness itself). We only like human traits because we’re programmed to like them by culture and genetics.
Furthermore, the tools we have from evolution (like cognition and problem solving) aren’t necessarily complete. Our perception tells us that these tools are sufficient for understanding reality, but to the person living in a box, they can hardly tell that they need more tools to investigate the world outside the box.
That’s why science exists. It’s meant to help us hone our tools toward the actual production of knowledge, and not our biased understanding of reality (what human could possibly come up with Quantum Physics based on their little box?).
The conclusion that the universe arrived here by non-sentient natural processes (what you really mean by chance) is just rational, nothing more or less. Like I was talking about with evolution and our tools, our emotional tools are not very accurate judges of reality (they’re excellent judges of social reality, which is why we have them, but not physical reality).
So just because one might feel grandeur at the Universe or possession by holy spirits, that doesn’t really mean anything. It tells us more about human nature than about the world.