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From The New Atlantis: The Fine-Tuning of Nature’s Laws – What physics tells us about the improbability of life

"That the constants are all arranged in what is, mathematically speaking, the very improbable combination that makes our grand, complex, life-bearing universe possible is what physicists mean when they talk about the “fine-tuning” of the universe for life." Read More ›

At Evolution News: The Multiverse: From Epicurus to Comic Books and Beyond

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. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: Is ours one of a few working universes among countless flops?

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. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: News from the search for extraterrestrial life 2

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. Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: Has a superintellect monkeyed with our universe’s physics?

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… Read More ›

At Big Think: Why the Multiverse is a “God-of-the-gaps” theory

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." Read More ›

At Evolution News: Recognizing Providence in the History of Life Is a Hint About Our Own Lives

"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." Read More ›

At Mind Matters News: Why some life forms are smarter than others is still a mystery

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. Read More ›