Asked • 03/19/19

Is it a fallacy, and if so which, to believe we are special because our existence on Earth seems improbable?

People often use the argument that there must be a God, for example, because Earth and the laws of physics are perfectly situated for humans to exist the way we do. However, if Earth or even the universe as a whole were not situated so that life could evolve, then we wouldn't even exist to be able to question our own existence. So there's nothing interesting or special about our existence at all--this is just the only "scenario" in which humans exist, and another scenario easily could have occurred in which we do not exist, but of course humans would never be around to observe such a thing. Is this some type of fallacy and is there a name for it?

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Justin P. answered • 03/23/19

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