A profound difference between appealing to the multiverse and appealing to God, is that the historical and personal evidence for God throughout human history is multilayered and pervasive, whereas the evidence for the multiverse remains firmly at zero.
Although fine-tuning may not constitute “proof” for the existence of God, can we assert that it is consistent with the concept of God as creator?
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that truly habitable planets are likely to be exceedingly rare among the stars in our galaxy.”
No. For one thing, Meyer says, even though the multiverse attempts to explain fine tuning, it actually ends up presupposing unexplained prior sources of fine tuning.
One reason for hope for finding life elsewhere in the universe is that the universe appears to be fine-tuned for life. What the universe won’t do is tell us where the life is.
The animal ecosystem as a whole apparently exhibits characteristics of fine-tuning and design that extends beyond the evidence for design seen within individual species.
Takehome: It got worse for Hoyle: To form carbon at all, gravitational forces must be balanced just right with the electromagnetic forces. That’s just the start…
Marcelo Gleiser writes: “The Multiverse has been proposed as an answer to the question, “Why does our Universe exist?”
Its proponents believe the Multiverse can explain our origins without having to reference God. But the Multiverse is in no way falsifiable, and the arguments in its support are nearly identical to the arguments for God.”
Even pain can be considered evidence of intelligent design.
“Why would an all-powerful, all-loving God create a world with viruses?”
“An arena of fine-tuning we can all appreciate, not quantitatively but qualitatively, is how in most events of our lives, things go right, when there are so many more ways that they could go wrong.”
Genetic engineering probably wouldn’t make humans smarter because, as biochemist Michael Denton notes in Miracle of Man, our brains seem to be optimally organized now. That would seem to support a design hypothesis.
Coyne couldn’t prevent it but he can at least trash it. We like this state of affairs.
Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink writes some thoughts on cosmological fine-tuning.
Scientists have learned a lot about the Higgs boson in the decade since they discovered it. But intriguing questions remain.