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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

Theist cites as positive evidence from science the fine-tuning of the universe. This is the observation.....?

Theist cites as positive evidence from science the fine-tuning of the universe. This is the observation that a half a dozen universal physical constants have to be so “ finely-tuned” to a narrow range that the slightest deviation at the Big Bang would have made life impossible in the universe. What makes this positive evidence so important?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    It doesn't. The constants we have assumed for our theories could be local, wrong or change over time. The speed of light , for example, is currently being challenged. But say they were absolutely true throughout the universe would that necessarily be evidence of a creator? No. Just because the odds of something happening are astronomically low does not mean that it can't just happen. It's like someone walking along the beach and picking up a grain of sand at some point and screaming, "OMG, out of all the billions of grains of sand I picked , it had to be this one. I had to have been led to it by some cosmic power". I don't think you would be terribly impressed here and the same applies to the constants.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It isn't positive evidence. The world we live on isn't very finely tuned for life. Most of the planet is completely uninhabitable to humans and humans are supposed to be the special, beloved creations of whatever god you're talking about.

    The planet isn't even finely tuned within the solar system to support life. The planet could move quite a bit toward or away from the sun and we could still exist.

    The fine tuning argument is like a puddle that assumes that the hole it sits in was specifically designed to hold that puddle.

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  • 9 years ago

    First, we don't know why the physical constants are what they are. But, that doesn't mean we should make up a god and say that it was the cause.

    If the physical constants can vary, there may be a multiverse of universes with different constants. Sentient beings (like us) would find only find themselves in a universe that allows them to exist.

    For more, watch the video at the 1st link - "A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss.

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  • 9 years ago

    It isn't. The notion that god was needed to tune it is an assumption that can't be proven. Besides, why do they assume there is any other way a universe can be tuned? We know of no other ways that the laws of nature can be. To say that "if this or that were changed even one percent it would destroy everything" is nice and all, but it is likely that the tuning of nature can be no other way, god or no god.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    nothing at all--for example--if the earth wasn't in the goldilocks zone and the conditions weren't right for life to evolve--we'd not be here writing about it. Nothing supernatural about it--simply a fact. Likewise--the constants we discern from our universe--if they weren't such--we wouldn't be here writing about it. Look at it this way--if you are dealt enough poker hands--you are guaranteed a royal flush. Thus in all the possible universes with various different constants--the odds are unity that this one would exist.

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  • Tomo
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    And every pothole is fine tuned to fit the puddle that forms in it when it rains.

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  • 9 years ago

    They forget that only *life as we know it* would be impossible. However, maybe other forms of life would have emerged if those constants had different values.

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