<div>And our existence isn't quite as marvelous as we'd like to think; we're still darwinist integers, so for every marvelous aspect of existence there is some aspect that is mundane, even disgusting. </div> <div>The human body is, to me, more or less disgusting.</div> <div> </div> <div><BR><BR><BR>>...it's just a thing to contemplate and marvel at.<BR>> 2. Of course we find ourselves living on an object where <BR>> conditions are suitable for life, however small a percentage <BR>> of the total such objects may be - we couldn't have evolved <BR>> in a place where they aren't!<BR>><BR>> Do you really think the first answer is better than the second?<BR><BR>I don't think that (2.) is any explanation at all! But that<BR>it is not a very good explanation, I'm sure you agree.<BR><BR>But really, let's examine that question "How is it that we<BR>were lucky enough to find ourselves on just such a planet?"<BR><BR>It's probably not a good question either,
and to show why,<BR>consider a parallel situation. Say you bump into an<BR>long-lost friend in some strange city and ask "how is<BR>it that we were lucky enough to run into each other?"<BR>There may turn out to be an answer: he could have arranged<BR>it as a surprise, or you were both drawn to the same event,<BR>or something really far-fetched. But it could easily be that<BR>there is no explanation.<BR><BR>Both your example and mine are predicated on pre-existence.<BR>Given that we exist, yes, as you say "Of course we find<BR>ourselves..." in such a situation. Another analogy could be<BR>to say to my long-lost friend "Well, of course we had to meet<BR>here or we wouldn't be having this conversation!" (which is<BR>predicated upon our being face-to-face).<BR><BR>Lee<BR><BR>_______________________________________________<BR>extropy-chat mailing list<BR>firstname.lastname@example.org<BR>http://lists.extropy.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/extropy-chat<BR></div><BR><p>
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