« Last post by Mike Cl on Today at 05:30:58 PM »
Perfectly correct. And this is probably the biggest source of misconceptions about why things happened as they did. There is a tendency to think of what actually is as being the same as what actually needs to be, and there's nothing specifically necessary about any of us -- or all of us, for that matter. I don't need to be here, you don't need to be here, the whole planet Earth doesn't need to be here, so far as the functioning of the universe is concerned (yes, I do discount theories of quantum mechanics that require an intelligent observer to make an event happen; events happen without observers, we just have no direct information on them). If my parents had had sex on another day, or if dad had lasted one minute longer or one minute less, statistically speaking, "I" would be someone else entirely. I might have been a daughter. A cosmic ray might've happened by and changed a gene and I could be long dead of a malformation. I might have been twins (as if the world needs more than one of me).Yes--well said!
There is nothing specifically necessary about myself, nor about any of the millions of alternate versions of me that might have been -- were I one of them (one of us?), the version that's actually here would seem as unusual to me.
More importantly, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the idea that things could have been different. They could have. It's not easy to predict what the world would look like right now had Alexander the Great not existed, but it's easy to imagine that as being possible. It's even harder to imagine the possible changes had a T. Rex eaten the proto-primate to the left rather than to the right, but it's also easy to imagine that as possible. You can go further back: assuming the Theia hypothesis, imagine it had struck the early proto-Earth a more glancing blow and left multiple moons or no moon at all, rather than one big one. Or not striking Earth at all.
The point is: just because it happened doesn't mean it had to happen. Neither fate, destiny, nor design had anything to do with any of this, and while design (read: the intention to have a child) may have played a role in some individuals being here, it had nothing to do with the particular combination of genes that got together.