________________ Yes, it does. After you discover all the rules of natural selection - how many generations it takes for a mutation with a 1% increase in survival factor to spread through a population, what % of a population will have x mutation after 100 generations - you come up with a surprisingly vast and thorough explanation for all of the questions asked in the original post. Why do some people fail? Why are some born with crippling birth defects and other gifted athletes? Science has given us - not a 100% certainity, but certainly a reasonable and valid possibility as to why. There is no motive. No reason. It happened thru natural selection and mutation. There is no "God-figure" sitting on the other side of the dimensional divide saying, "I wanted you to be born autistic for THIS reason." It isn't because there's a higher power that decides, "I'm doing it for THIS reason." Natural selection explains most, if not all, of the questions. And if you don't agree... phrase the question in as few words as possible and give me another crack at it. But the basic answer - there is no God deciding things. All of the things that appear to be an intellect guiding things are actually the result of Natural Selection. The idea of there being a single supernatural force behind them is only an illusion.