The Arrogance of Human-Centric Thought
-What do Allah, Brahman, and Yahweh have in common?
-Millions of followers who obstinately assert the exclusive role that their respective deities had in the creation of the universe.
As the knowledge gleaned through the methods of scientific naturalism expands and is refined, the question of “god” keeps getting forced into the gaps of human understanding. For thousands of years, belief in the supernatural was nothing if not pragmatic– after all, in the absence of all means of investigation, why would you not ascribe to the notion that they were directed by Zeus? While such an approach to understanding the natural world was sufficient for early civilizations, supernaturalism simply does not have a place in modern society (I address this idea in my previous post).
It was not long after being notified of the existence of the universe that I became skeptical of the existence of God. When you consider the size of our Universe domain (ie our observable universe), and the apparent scarcity of life therein, it is readily apparent why atheists find so thoroughly implausible the notion that all of existence was created in the interest of supporting life on Earth. To put this idea in perspective, consider the following figures:
Volume of all life on earth: 75 cu km
Volume of Earth: 1,083,207,317,374 cu km
Volume of Universe Domain: 17,506,363,686,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 cu km
To save you the task of counting all those zeros and turning to Google for help in pronunciation, that’s 17.5 dovigintillion. Spelled out, it is seventeen-trillion, five-hundred and six billion, three-hundred sixty-three thousand, six-hundred eighty-six multiplied by a one-and- sixty-zeros. There is really no way to put that in perspective. If you were to divide the volume of the Universe Domain into Earth-sized volumes, every person on earth could claim ownership of 289,364,999,564,431,497,661,222,055,767,308,086,892,033,777,619 shares of the whole and there would still be almost two billion cubic kilometers of unallocated space.
While it may be possible to produce a number value for the volume of the Universe, the human mind simply cannot internally comprehend such spans of open space. Any sentient entity capable of creating the Universe would be, likewise, beyond the scale of human comprehension. As such, any attempt to describe the attributes of such a being would be speculative at best. Perhaps I am naive, but to assert that these attributes include an intrinsic concern with the course of human affairs is to grossly overstate the significance of our existence.