A PHOTO OF PLANET EARTH was taken in 2013 from a Cassini satellite camera orbiting Saturn. It shows earth at a variable distance of about 746,000 miles from the orbit of Saturn. At first sight planet earth looks dimmer and smaller than a tiny star. Also, it looks like an insular and lonely speck in the cosmos.
On second thought, if one grants hypothetically that intelligent design is in some way a reality, it can be argued that intelligent design would matter more than size or distance. Four illustrations follow.
- AN INITIAL ILLUSTRATION may be found in the inference of the “big bang,” an evolution of the entire universe, thought to have exploded from a tiny reality or “singularity.” This singularity is infinitesimally small in its plasma-like, pre-atomic, pre-quantum size. Yet within that singularity the potential was immanent for the emergence of all the intelligent design which exists pervasively amid other parts of the universe which look chaotic.
- A SECOND ILLUSTRATION exists in the enormous energy unleashed from the splitting of atoms. Microcosmic size matters explosively.
- A THIRD ILLUSTRATION contrasts the exponential expansion of the universe outward with an opposite reduction of mass and energy to the micro-cosmically small components of a sub-nuclear quantum world. It would almost seem that visible mass exists mid-way between macro-and micro-cosmic worlds.
- IN SHORT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSULAR PLANET EARTH OR OTHER PLANETS MAY APPEAR, THEIR SIZE IN NO WAY DEMEANS THEIR IMPORTANCE. Intelligent design does not necessarily imply divine interventions at various steps of cosmic and planetary evolutions. Rather it may simply stand for emerging intrinsic intelligence. It would provide a reasonable alternative to theories (so far neither verified nor falsified) that reality has emerged from randomness or nothingness.
Intelligent design is also arguably compatible with the existence of invisible energy, said to comprise about 80% of the universe and which seems to evolve from nothingness. “Nothing” may be layered with more than one meaning. Paradoxically, nothing is sometimes something, even if only a a level of potential yet real existence, not unlike the “prime matter” posited by early Western philosophers. What you see is far less than what you get. Planet earth, laden with intelligent design, is amazingly more than the small dim dot photographed from Saturn.