this should be obvious, but it not. In buddhism when focus on eightfold paths like right understanding and right intention right speech and so forth, you can easily get influenced by the meditation aspect of buddhism. Because the path of nirvana does bring a clear mind with a clear conscience and so forth.@ HFY... now, it is crazy distance from the earth to the moon (not looking it up but it's many, many thousands of miles)... and 93 million miles away from the sun (I do remember that from elemetary).
Now concerning our own Solar System, if we could figure it out in miles... could you imagine what the square miles of our own solar system would be? It would be insurmountable. And as you know there are billions upon billions of systems and constellations out there.
So on this little planet of ours within our solar system... it is literally "teeming" with all sorts of life, so much so that it is mind-blowing. Whether animate or inanimate... and all sorts of life and species still yet to be discovered on our own little planet. So you mean to tell me that out of the whole, vast solar system of ours we just happen to be the only one that is "naturally selected" out-of-the-blue to be teeming with life? No dear... I don't think so. It was planned, it was designed and it was intentional.
But is a false equivalent. Is not until I really look at this universe and say to myself, something missing from buddhism. Because buddhism is like atheism, there is no sovereign God. There is no intelligent being. So I had to ask myself some deep questions. Buddhism was doing good for my inner being. But the common sense part of me was saying something big missing. this no all happen by accident.
So you can't appeal to the common sense in the atheist. Because what the atheist believe more time is giving the atheist satisfaction with how they living. The atheist will remain an atheist until they willing to actually open they mind to the possibility that there is a maker of this universe.
But if they no want to do that, just like buddhism find solace in nirvana and enlightenment, atheist will find solace in the scientific theories, even though the scientific theories no prove anything, because they comfortable with what those theories do for them.