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Posted by S.H. Le on October 14, 1999 23:43:42 UTC

Konichiwa curious ones,

A popular argument among theists concerns the seemingly low probability of the universe being created through random processes. I've been told, that the chances of that happening, is some ridiculously low number (ie. one in a million-billion-kajillion). Lets just ignore arguments concerning the legitimacy of this claim for now, and assume that hypothetically, the theist is correct on this point.

Take this example. Imagine a lottery where one billion people each bought a ticket. The chances of you winning are exactly 1 in a billion. Let's say that you win. Would you say that the entire lottery was fixed just because you won? No. Because if anybody else one, you could say the same thing.

Analagously, theists often say that the chances of the universe forming the way it is, are so insignificantly small, that it's indicitive of intelligent design. The theist acknowledges the chances, But when that one in a billion actually occurs, then it must be the result of a higher being.

Saiyonara

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