A Note on Design: What's Fine-tuning Got to Do With It?

Analysis 70 (3):431-438 (2010)

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Jonathan Weisberg
University of Toronto, St. George
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We have known for a long time that there is complex, intelligent life. More recently we have discovered that the physics of our universe is fine-tuned so as to allow for the existence of such life. Call these two observations the Old Datum and the New Datum, respectively. Our question here is: once we know the Old Datum, does the New Datum provide additional evidence for the design hypothesis? I argue that it does not. Thus, there is an important sense in which the much-touted fine-tuning of physics is irrelevant to debates about design.
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