If there are “no special requirements for a star to host a planet with life” (= any old fireball will do), where ARE all those space aliens anyway?
The latest in Onion-ology: PARIS—Citing factors ranging from the dumb, ugly asteroid belt separating the terrestrial planets from the gas giants, to the super-boring and practically empty interstellar medium extending in nearly every direction, new research published Wednesday by the International Astronomical Union has concluded that Earth is located in “by far the lamest” region […]
Because that wouldn’t be respectable, according to David Waltham at The Scientist.
How the Earth is designed for human life
Bencze: [Hawking’s] words are so appallingly stupid that I thought they might have been invented by script writers. Well, they weren’t. Hawking actually wrote them …
The “Goldilocks Principle,” like the Big Bang, has never been very popular, because it smacks of fine-tuning and Earth is special, and all that.
David Heddle, a professor of physics asks the question: Why is P.Z. so dumb? Because he can’t grasp that fine-tuning is a metaphor. He is a afraid that it gives to much ammunition to the theists. This had to be one of the most entertaining take downs of Victor Stenger and PZ Myers by a […]
Atheist philosopher asks, it’s one thing to argue that the universe must be the product of some kind of intelligent agent; it’s quite something else to argue that this designer was all-knowing and omnipotent. Why is that a better hypothesis than that the designer was pretty smart but made a few mistakes?
In reality, the moon is one of those things that is special about Earth. It is in all likelihood biologically dead but because of it, we are not.
Yes, him, the post-Darwinian. Remember Evolution: A Theory in Crisis? Nature’s Destiny?
Thus, life-hosting exoplanets may be rarer than hoped.
Why? Because that would make humans’ existence less special.
Yesterday, News put up a post on the mysterious origins of the moon, invoking a classic song on being caught between the Moon and New York City. (Niwrad added a post here on the multiverse that is also worth seeing. Kindly bear in mind this earlier ID Foundations post on fine tuning.) Mahuna aptly comments: […]
Fine-tuning annoys us; we must show it isn’t true. So we have tried three strategies: Denial, nonsense, and the Copernican Principle – by far the best. So shove off, Kopernik. We are using your name, because it sells, NOT your ideas.
… to destroy students’ lives by teaching them to ask critical questions