Monday, 21 April 2014

God Made You Imperfect - Extiniction events

A recent publication titled "Methanogenic burst in the end-Permian carbon cycle" by Rotham et al. in PNAS got me reading and thinking about past mass extinction events on our planet. This is in fact very humbling as it brings home how fragile we as a species are. We are a mere cog in the ecosystem of our planet. That is we are not special, we are not Gods perfectly created images of his arrogant self.


So what does major extinction mean exactly? Here is a list to help you understand a little better.
1) In the Permian–Triassic extinction event, which they deal with in the manuscript cited above, 90 to 96 % of all species died.
2) In the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 75 % of all species died.
3) In the Triassic–Jurassic extinction event 75 % of all species died.
4) In the Late Devonian extinction 70 % of all species died.
5) In the Ordovician–Silurian extinction event 60 to 70 % of all species died.

Does this mean that god made  5 major screw ups? I say 5 major screw ups, as their have also been minor extinction events (i.e. Aptian extinction) which surely mean god made more than these 5 screw ups. It surely then logically follows that either god is a colossal prick, or he screwed up which does not fit well with infallibility and omnipotence.

Luckily this line of reasoning only holds if you believe in the existence of a god, if not then you can live life rationally and just accept your fragile existence and appreciate it for what it is...........Amazing.