He opens the first chapter of his book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” with:
In the beginning, nearly 14 billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence.
Are you persuaded?
Tom, the progenitor of intelligence is immaterial. It stands all by itself whether the possessor is a homo, another biological form or fruit of the poisonous tree.
I am not by any means assured of its genesis but the experts in the field for most part seem to think the birth of general intelligence which will rapidly and exponentially blossom is imminent. Intuitively it seems to me that it will happen.
Am I persuaded? I don't see anything that could remotely convince me of what happened. The best I can say is that we are here and I'm fairly certain gods had nothing to do with it.