For Richard Dawkins, Darwinian evolution can only take you so far. It's one possible explanation for the variety of life on this planet. But at some point the series of events must take one back to the first molecule that was able to self-replicate. When asked where that came from or how that happened, he said "I don't know." He also said that nobody knows. When asked if intelligence could have played a part in the origin of the first self-replicating molecule, Dawkins said that an "intriguing possibility" is that an alien race from another part of the universe planted this design for the first self-replicating molecule here on Earth and that's how it got straited.
It seems that his scenario just moves the original question from this to planet to some other. Dawkins actually admits to the evidence of design, and even grants that intelligence could have played a role in the origin of the first self-replicating molecule. His contention, though, that the source of the intelligence was a being who also evolved isn't a sufficient answer. OK, how did the process that produce that being get started? Some other even more intelligent race? Where does it end? Perhaps Dawkins should have just left it at "I don't know."
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