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No, he's asking do we have evidence that ANY of the plausible pathways are actually POSSIBLE ? We can test that.

So test it.

Until someone demonstrates that all the plausible pathways are impossible, there is no reason to invoke the supernatural. Until then, evolution via mutation and natural selection is the best available explanation for the diversity of modern organisms.

To invoke a supernatural explanation is mechanistically equivalent to saying "I don't know". For example, one can say "I don't know why Katrina hit New Orleans" or "A supernatural intelligence guided Katrina into New Orleans" or "New Orleans had bad luck". None provide a mechanism for the movements of Katrina. None helps one predict the course of the next hurricane.

In other words, a supernatural explanation does nothing to advance our knowledge of how things work, whether it be the development of flagella, the course of hurricanes, or the movements in the stock market. This is why the supernatural is the explanation of last resort, when all other possibilities are exhausted and we have given up on a mechanistic understanding of the phenomenon.
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