In an earlier post I pointed out that one of the original rationales underpinning belief in a god was the notion that we occupied a special place in the universe, that the earth was in fact the center of the universe, and that we were the reason that the universe existed at all. Science has shown that that just isn’t true. The earth is just one of a number of planets circling a mediocre star out on one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy that includes some 200 billion other stars, billions of which have planets that are favorably situated to harbor life, including intelligent life. Moreover, the Milky Way is just one of perhaps a trillion such galaxies. In short, there is nothing to support the notion that we are special in any way.