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This is a commonly held precept. However, to be correct, the end should read "life as we know it. For if the constants were different, life might very well have formed in a very different manner.

Well we are talking about things like stars not igniting, or no elements higher than lithium being formed, or no stable orbits being possible.


Well, if the stars did not ignite, then there would be no source of energy. I think it is safe to say that nothing that we could imagine as life could possibly exist, as there would be no source of energy.

I no elements higher than lithuim were formed, again, there would be some difficulty. If gravity were not a constant, so that stable orbits would be possible, again, life would be difficult, if not impossible.

But these are not small changes you are talking about. These are major differences to the constants that we have.

But yes, you have raised a different objection, that intelligent life is easy to create. Do you believe that?

Not necessarily easy, but easy enough that it probably exists somewhere other than on Earth (its existance here is a debate I do not wish to get into ;-) )



it's just the way it is


Not a very scientific attitude.


Actually, it is. To make any sort of scientific progress, you have to accept some things as given. In my example, the fact that the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter is nearly 3 becomes a given, once it is measured. There is no need to investigate what transpired to make it nearly 3, you just accept the fact that it is. If you come up with a better measuring device, then you may call into question the previous measurement, but you are still not questioning that there is a reason that it is so.

Hope this makes sense.

David

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