Problems with the argument from fine tuning

Synthese 145 (3):325 - 338 (2005)
The argument from fine tuning is supposed to establish the existence of God from the fact that the evolution of carbon-based life requires the laws of physics and the boundary conditions of the universe to be more or less as they are. We demonstrate that this argument fails. In particular, we focus on problems associated with the role probabilities play in the argument. We show that, even granting the fine tuning of the universe, it does not follow that the universe is improbable, thus no explanation of the fine tuning, theistic or otherwise, is required.
Keywords 440102 Epistemology  C1  History & Philosophy Of Science   Anthropic Principle   Universes   Design  440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas  230201 Probability Theory
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