Miracles of a Fertilized Egg Becoming a Human Being.
“How can a single fertilized egg cell possibly contain all of the instructions required to construct an entire human, and then be able to carry out these instructions with such perfection? This single fertilized cell is the progenitor of trillions of cells, which differentiate along the way into different types. And each of these uncountable offspring cells need to know what to be, and where to be, to create the incomprehensibly complex universe that is a human being. But there’s more. The system has to get energy and building blocks from the outside. How do we grow from an infant to an adult? We have to convert food into parts of our bodies. Food gives us energy, yes, but it is also our only source of building material. Our bodies must extract the raw materials we need for construction from such sources as ice-cream, meatloaf, and pasta, and then rearrange these raw materials into muscle cells, heart cells, brain cells, and so on. The idea that a single fertilized cell could successfully transform itself into an adult human, including a brain with many billions of neurons and a consciousness, is utterly ludicrous. Impossible. There is no way this could ever succeed. And yet, all of us are living proof that it does . . .”
And it’s not just the fact that we become fully human. It’s also how we function once we become humans. I have a friend who is a doctor– an allergist by specialty. He once told me, “Once you begin to understand how powerful and complex our immune system is, if you still don’t believe in God, you’re just being ignorant and stubborn.”
And consider our brains. They are by far the most powerful computers we could ever imagine, building neural pathways and synapses, using chemical and electrical signals that allow us to effortlessly know how to catch a Frisbee thrown at us. We instinctively know how to process the complicated physics and calculus like geometry, lift, air-flow, gravity, velocity, drag, spin, etc., to know exactly where to stand and how to move our arms and hands in such a way to catch it. We do this without the slightest education in those complex fields because it’s built right in to our brains. And let’s never forget that there are deep biological urges built right into our very beings that not only allow us, but to drive us to reproduce.
DNA was designed by an intelligence far greater than anything humans have ever done (or ever will do in my opinion). I choose to call this intelligence God. Not even in my wildest imagination would I suggest it happened from random physical happenstance. Drawing on my lexicon from my early days as a programmer, I’ll put it in the most crude and succinct way I can:
Somebody programmed that shit.
Podcast between Peterson and Dillahunty here.