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Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1992)

A deity responsible on a case-by-case basis for precision injection of souls into this immense host of tiny creatures over the full range of geological time would be a very fussy as well as a very inefficient creator. Why not design it right from the beginning, and let life run by itself? Would the god responsible for the subtle, elegant, and universally applicable laws of physics do such slapdash, error-ridden, journeyman work in biology–requiring hands-on attention to every pathetic little microbe when they already know perfectly well how to reproduce themselves and vast stores of information?

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