There are at least three flavors of the anthropic principle: the weak anthropic principle, which says the universe was created to sustain life; the strong anthropic principle, which says the universe was created to produce human beings; and the very strong anthropic principle, which says this is my universe, buddy, and you're just renting.

This actually has something to do with your car. The first real powered vehicle, a steam-powered tricycle capable of a speedy 2-and-a-quarter miles per hour, was built in 1769. The reciprocating four-stroke gasoline engine—basically the engine in your car today—came in 1876. After that automobile construction took off. There were 50 car builders in the U.S. in 1898; there were 241 in 1908, when Henry Ford perfected the assembly line and built the first Model T. The worldwide automobile industry hasn't changed in any major particulars since then, over ninety years ago.

On Christmas Eve, 1906, the first known radio broadcast took place in the United States. Fourteen years later, in Pittsburgh in 1920, the first commercial broadcast took place, on radio station KDKA. Less than two years later there were over 500 licensed radio stations in the U.S.

The 1920s were unique in American history. Household electricity became common, as did the automobile and radio. The average American's world expanded in a way that was never seen before and has not been seen since. Suddenly you could hear people talking across the country, or around the world; if you owned a car, you could get on the road and go see those people and find out how on Earth they got those outlandish opinions.

Who put the first radio in a car is in some doubt. Motorola claims to have done it in 1930; Blaupunkt claims the Blaupunkt Autosuper in 1932; and Delphi claims the first radio actually installed on the instrument panel, in 1936. Whoever did it, the next major improvement in your car radio took until the 1950s, when FM debuted—but something interesting happened first. In 1945, Arthur C. Clarke proposed what he called the communications satellite; a satellite that orbited the Earth in geosynchronous orbit, beaming content down from orbit. For five decades this insanely great idea was wasted by people who used it to broadcast foolisheness like ... television ... until, on June 30, 2000, the world's first satellite designed to deliver radio broadcasts was launched by Sirius Satellite Radio.

This is a remarkable chain of events ... and boy, it's great to be me. Because by the Very Strong Anthropic Principle, the entire purpose of all of this has been to produce this moment we're now sharing ... you, sitting in your car, listening to me, Daniel Keys Moran, on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network. Don't think I don't appreciate it.