Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Richard Carrier Interview. On Fine-Tuning and the Universe.


Similarly the “fine tuning” of the universe’s physical constants: that would be a great proof—if it wasn’t exactly the same thing we’d see if a god didn’t exist. If there is no god, we will only ever find ourselves in a universe finely tuned (in that case, by random chance), because without a god, there is no other kind of universe that can produce us. Likewise, a universe that produced us by chance would have to be enormously vast in size and enormously old, so as to have all the room to mix countless chemicals countless times in countless places so as to have any chance of accidentally kicking up something as complex as life. And that’s exactly the universe we see: one enormously vast in size and age. A godless universe would also only produce life rarely and sparingly, and that’s also what we see: by far most of the universe is lethal to life (being a deadly radiation filled vacuum) and by far most of the matter in the universe is lethal to life (constituting stars and black holes on which no life can ever live). Again, all exactly what we’d expect of a godless universe. Not what we’d expect of a god-made one.
So often I am kudized for being so intelligent. But, most of the time I'm just stealing from Richard Carrier.  He's so often right about such things that I absolutely love it. He's right. If God wanted to make the universe he'd only need 1 star and 1 planet. Everything else is rather pointless. However, if random chance wanted to make a universe, it'd need to be hugely vast and insanely old to stand any chance at all of having us exist.

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