Thursday, September 30, 2010

Does Goldilocks Planet Disprove Intelligent Design?

Astronomers, have discovered an Earth-like planet, according to Yahoo! News via the AP. It's called a "Goldilocks" as an allusion to "The Three Bear" story when Goldilocks talks about porridge being not too cold, not to hot but "just right."

My blogging buddy, Deborah White of From My Brown Eyed View, commented on Facebook:
I hope that human kind leaves this planet alone. This one is already stressed to the hilt from misuse. Why should another planet suffer?
Someone else considered that it would be just like us humans to want to start using up all our resources because we think we can go someplace else. I said, "Well, you know how people ran to the suburbs rather than face the problems in the cities they supposedly loved. ..."

Reading more of the article, I don't think we'll be able to raid that planet anytime soon or escape to it. The question is, will humans survive long enough on Earth to even consider inhabiting other planets?

Elsewhere, I considered Stephen Hawking's latest comments about intelligent design, his assertion that god didn't create the universe:
In his latest book, he said the 1992 discovery of a planet orbiting another star other than the Sun helped deconstruct the view of the father of physics Isaac Newton that the universe could not have arisen out of chaos but was created by God.

"That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions -- the single Sun, the lucky combination of Earth-Sun distance and solar mass, far less remarkable, and far less compelling evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings," he writes.
Do you agree, does the discovery of Earth-like planets mean there's no supreme being behind creation?

You may also read NASA's post about the Goldilocks planet.


Linda said...

Chaos is essential to ANY creation or re-creation. Birth/Death; Light/Dark; Changing of the Seasons; Growth/Decay. Are we so oblivious to the world around us? 'Chaos' means "the void at the beginning of creation", i.e a woman's empty womb or a seed without soil or a hypothesis before proof. The set patterns of nature are testimony enough of intelligent creation. Seems so obvious to this writer.

Thomas said...

It needs to be pointed out that this planet is "Earth-Like" only insomuch as it's distance from its parent star would allow liquid water to exist on it's surface and that it is probably rocky, rather than gaseous.

Given that the star it orbits is a different color than our sun, that the planet's year is only about 37 Earth days long and that we know nothing about it's atmosphere, it's too early to make any assumptions about what kind of what life is present there if all.

An interesting aside to the above comment, while cycles such as day/night and such are endemic on earth, this recently discovered world orbiting Gliese 581 is probably tidally locked, revolving and orbiting in the same period of time. The same side of the planet faces the star all the time and the same side faces away. There is no cycle of day and night there. If such cycles are proof of the existence of a creator, does this world lack one?