What are the odds? Is intelligent design more plausible than chance?
February 14, 2013 3:46 PM Subscribe
I'm a cataloging librarian who works a couple hours a week on the reference desk. This morning I had a patron come in to ask me for sources that back up the claim that the probability that life on earth formed by random chance is so small that some kind of divine intervention is more likely.
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I've spent about an hour trying to find good resources, but a) there is just so much out there on this topic and I literally don't have the time to sift through it all to find the good stuff; and b) everyone seems to have an agenda.
This just seems like a huge scientific/philosophical/religious debate that I don't have a good enough grasp of to separate wheat from chaff efficiently. I understand that DNA is really, really intricate and that that seems to be the driving force behind many arguments against random chance: it's just too complex to have formed by chance!
Does anyone know of good, reliable, well-reasoned (maybe academic / peer-reviewed?) books or articles which address this topic?
He already has Proof of heaven : a neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife by Eben Alexander.