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    • My argument does no such thing. My argument is not about the how because I don't know how life started. My argument is really simple statistics. It doesn't matter how statistically improbable it is for life to occur when you literally get an infinite amounts of shots at it. This is where the size of the universe comes in play, because the bigger the universe, the more stars there are, the more planets there are, the more shots youre getting at creating life. Since the size of the universe is pretty big, and there are good reasons to believe that besides this universe, there are literally infinitely more universes, then life becomes an inevitability. Indeed, anything you can think of becomes an inevitability. Its simple statistics.  Well duh, this is fact. Yeah, the more bacteria you have, the more chances you have that some will evolve to a higher form of organism. That doesn't mean they will all evolve and that there won't be any bacteria left. Its like a pyramid, the more you have at the base, the bigger and higher you can build your pyramid. Also, sand isn't an organism, its just lifeless matter, it doesn't evolve, no matter how much you have of it.  Ive never stated that the universe is hostile to life. I said its indifferent to life. The universe doesn't care if there is life or not.  But yes, size again does matter. Put it this way, if the entire universe consisted of just one solar system, and the chances of life evolving are one in 1 billion, the chances aren't that great for life to occur in that one solar system, statistically speaking at least. If you got a universe consisting of 1 billion solar systems, statistically that means that at least 1 of those solar systems had all the right things come together to form life on one of its planets. But we are not dealing with a universe of merely 3 billion stars. The Milky Way Galaxy alone has over 100 billion stars and the odds of life occurring are probably far bigger than 1 in one billion. 
    • Ha! yes, I tried several base textures but none looked as good as Paeng's. I don't know why, may be the combination of tones, but it looked the most pleasant. As for the lightpoles, that is one of the missing props in this image, I decided to go with vanilla lightpoles, spaced in a way that will look good for users of Mandelsoft's Light Replacement Mod (like me) or the Uniform Street Lighting. I really liked the end result.
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