Ethan: It’s probably safe to say that vision would have evolved somewhat differently without the Moon, and that our nights would provide us with a wildly different world
Just as you can’t build a church or ashram in Afghanistan, you can’t invite a non-Darwinian lecturer into Darwin’s temple.
There is nothing particularly controversial about exoplanet finder Gonzalez. The “controversy” was career atheists getting his tenure denied because he thinks the universe shows evidence of design. Most people do.
WK has pointed out a vid sequence at YouTube, in which Dr Gonzalez lays out a good summary of the privileged planet thesis. Here is the start: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt WK (what, you haven’t bookmarked and speed-dialled this blog yet? tut, tut! . . . ) summarises on points of significance for reflection: […]
Over at the KF blog, we have recently been entertaining some ghosts from our civilisation’s past, who are concerned about its present and now sadly likely future in light of the sad history recorded in Acts 27, of a sea voyage to Rome gone disastrously wrong because the voyagers were manipulated into venturing back out […]
(previous, here) There has been a recent flurry of web commentary on design theory concepts linked to the concept of functionally specific, complex organisation and/or associated information (FSCO/I) introduced across the 1970’s into the 1980’s by Orgel and Wicken et al. (As is documented here.) This flurry seems to be connected to the announcement of […]
Dr Gonzalez — the Astrophysicist half of the Privileged Planet team — recently presented this lecture in which he surveys and briefly, simply explains several key fine tuning cases: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Again, useful food for thought. END PS: For more on fine tuning, cf VJT’s recent post on a new form of […]
First, I’d like to thank Mr. Arrington for granting me posting privileges. I consider it quite an honor, and I hope this post (and any future posts) warrants this trust. Second, the following is an argument I think will help us to focus on a fundamental issue that lies behind ever so many of the […]
“Scientists have studied the process of planetary formation in hopes of grasping how our solar system came to be, but the answers have not been simple.”
“We should note that the preceding arguments are not ‘God of the gaps’ arguments; it is advance in science, not ignorance of science, that has revealed this fine-tuning to us.”
Well, he should know about fine tuning …
But won’t they be tempted to see it, whether or not it is there?
“This paper can be viewed as a critique of Stenger’s book, or read independently.”
A striking graphic demonstrates the unlikelihood.
“The 2012 budget request for NASA paints a far less rosy picture of the next 5 years, and the outcome for 2013 is expected to be even worse.”