To: Lost Highway
Secondly, the universe bears all the marks of having been finely tuned to make life possible.
Finely tuned for life as we know it to be possible. They have it reversed: life evolves according to the situation, therefore life the situation will appear optimized to that life. If the "tuning" were different, then life would be different.
Playing the odds question is very disingenuous. What are the odds that we appeared as we do? Extremely low. Of course, what are the odds of anything else specific appearing? Also extremely low. What are the odds that something would appear? My guess is pretty high. The odds game assumes that we were the target of evolution.
If you don't understand that, think of the lottery. The odds of any one person winning the jackpot are absurdly low, but the probability that someone will win approaches one after a while.
Imagine being a greek child 500bc. You ask dad why the sun flies across the sky. Your dad replies the god apollo hooks his chariot to the sun every morning and pulls it across.
God is only defined as that which we don't understand.
As we know more, there is less and less room for God.
Lee Smollin (penn state u)
"Life in the cosmos" answers many of these questions including why the universe is so finely tuned. He goes far beyond the anthropic principle.
The other issue is testability. How do you test the hypothesis "god exists" ?
What laws of physics do spirits use to communicate with the rest of us?
posted on 04/27/2004 10:31:24 AM PDT
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