Love this, Mark! Very thought-provoking. I'm curious what the implications are for free will. Does this imply that "we", literally meaning you and me, were baked into the universe from day one? Or just that "we", meaning some broad type of sentient life, were always baked into it? If the former, then that doesn't bode well for free will. If the latter, then free will is redeemable!

It's a completely different concept, but the idea that what appears random is actually there for a reason reminds me a bit of Chesterton's Fence...

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