Fair enough - but I'm not giving up on ultimate answers yet. As for the regression - "1. Abiogenesis did occur on another planet (where unlike earth conditions were favorable for it), intelligence evolved there, and this intelligence seeded earth with life. " This does not solve the problem. "2. The ETI that seeded life on earth owes its origin to some divine intervention at some point in its history." This does, but at the cost of positing some divine entity that bothers for some reason to create this universe. I agree that conciousness may be fundamental to existence but can't agree with Gods creating it all on purpose, Still, you could be right.