Life is intricate and infinitely complex. But most lifeforms are far more poorly ‘designed' than any watch.

No designer could hope to keep his job if he came up with the human appendix, a useless vestigial organ that can randomly kill us. The same goes for our spines that doom virtually all of us to back pain. And who would make our feeding tube the same as our breathing apparatus, so that every meal is a dice roll with potentially fatal consequences?

I’m not trying to shit on your beliefs. They sound harmless, and if they give you joy, go for it. But I don’t agree that the complexity of life proves anything. For me, random chance, honed by natural selection, is the most elegant and most satisfying explanation.

Still, thanks for sharing your views. It would be a very dull world if we all thought the same.

Novelist. Essayist. Former entomologist. Now a full-time writer exploring travel, art, philosophy, psychology, and science.

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