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Edward F. Cooper
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Florida
Favourite genre of music: anything but polka
Favourite style of art: Nature Photography
Operating System: windows7
MP3 player of choice: I-Pod
Skin of choice: Naturally soft and beautiful, without graffiti or augmentation.
Personal Quote: The best we can do in this life is to seek the truth and find true love, the rest is immaterial.

I walked into a class last month where the stated lesson written on the board was Existentialism. There were handouts and some allotted time for discussion. Needless to say, I became very excited.  Existentialism is basically divided into two camps, the Atheist and the Non-Atheist.

I started the discussion by asking the students if they knew a TV personality by the name of Bill Maher. Some did but most did not or did not care.  Bill Maher is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, satirist, author, and actor. He is also a hard line atheist who believes everything happens randomly and by accident. He also hosts his own cable show on HBO called “Real Time with Bill Maher” where he brings in some of the most famous people/thinkers of our time then engages them in a lively discussion on current events.

One night, Bill Maher had a guest who was a scientist, astro-physicist, and author. I believed Bill Maher was trying to get this scientist to reaffirm his “we are a random accident” atheist point of view, but instead, Bill was taken by surprise when his guest said “if everything were a random accident, you would have one eye on your knee and your mouth could be next to your backside”. Needless to say, Bill Maher was stunned by his guests' comments and wasn’t asked many questions after that.

That response from Bills' guest reminded me of a paper I read from Dr. Robert Lanza, another author, scientist and astro-physicist who said the following paraphrased statements.

Science has given us all sorts of advances in existing and new technologies. Thanks to the knowledge gained from these new advances such as the Hubble Space Telescope (to view the expanding universe caused by The Big Bang) and The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, (discovering the Higgs boson or God particle) science has given us a better understanding of the world around us. The more we discover, the more we realize just how truly amazing everything is.

Consider this: If the Big Bang had been (one part in a million) more powerful, the cosmos would have rushed out too fast for the stars and galaxies to have developed. If the gravitational force had been decreased by a hair, stars including our Sun, would not have ignited. If the surface of the molten Earth had not cooled enough to form the 20 mile deep crust, or if the planet cooled too much, life as we know it, would not exist. Even our ever expanding sun is at the right size and place that if it expanded any more, it would burn off our atmosphere radiating the planet then melting the earths’ surface with its searing gas. The Earths' orbital position from the sun, third planet, is also called the "Goldilocks Zone".


These scientists have identified over 200 of these parameters that could have easily been different values but happen to be exact right. Tweak any of these parameters, you and I never existed.


The probability of all 200 plus parameters together with other physical laws and events lining up perfectly, leading to this point in time right now, where you, the student, are listening to my boring speech and I am looking at your brilliant faces versus randomly floating around the universe as space dust or rock is less than 1 out of 10 to the 50th power. What does that mean? It’s like winning every lottery ever created and will be created in your lifetime.  Another way to think about this is to imagine the children's fairy tale  “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. A little girl named Goldilocks enters a home belonging to the three bears and tries different bowls of porridge; the first is too hot, the second is too cold and the third one is just right. She also tries different chairs and beds and every time the third try is just right. Now, imagine Goldilocks making the right choice on the first try, every single time for 13.7 billion years. Now, does that seem random and accidental to you? 

So, the big question is, “Why Are You Here?”

  • Listening to: more ringing in my ear.
  • Reading: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Watching: birds and ducks hanging out
  • Playing: with my dog
  • Eating: snacks
  • Drinking: water

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FallOut99 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Happy New Year Coop! Marilyn Kiss  2014! 
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FallOut99 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Christmas Cephalopinus Merry Christmas! Snow is fallin' 
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bluecowmonkey Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so very much for adding my work to your favourites, lovely! It really means a lot to me, I appreciate it! I hope you have a spectacular day :iconflowerthnxplz:
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FallOut99 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
A Thanksgiving Survivor Thanksgiving? Yes, yes I am! Happy Thanksgiving Coop! Always UR Number One! Enjoy your day with your family and friends....  :friedturkey: 
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blackbird59 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Photographer
I see you live in Gulf Breeze?
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