Meyer: Historian of science Frederic Burnham has stated that the God hypothesis is now a more respectable hypothesis than at any time in the last one hundred years. The Return of the God Hypothesis looks at three critical sources of evidence.
This seems to be a rather light piece intellectually but it gives some sense of what the wine bar would be saying about God and science if COVID-19 crazy hadn’t put it out of business: “But God isn’t a valid scientific explanation. The theory of the multiverse, instead, solves the mystery because it allows different universes to have different physical laws. So it’s not surprising that we should happen to see ourselves in one of the few universes that could support life. Of course, you can’t disprove the idea that a God may have created the multiverse.”
But they think so for the strangest reason: “Scientists found that only nine out of 8,700 planets could survive for as long as the Earth has”
If intelligent life forms are trapped in the interior oceans of rocky moons and planets, Earth is a special planet—much better suited to space exploration.
Calvert: This is an interesting set of interviews of cosmologists as they uniformly agree that there is essentially no known evidence that supports chance and/or necessity as the best explanation for the fine tuning of the universe for life.
The question, addressed by theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, is more complicated than it appears at first.
So we are finally back to why neurons in the brain and galaxies in the universe are fractals–they are optimum solutions to connecting volumes with 1-D wires.
Here’s an interesting assessment of non-Darwinian microbiologist Michael Denton’s work: in The Miracle of the Cell he concentrates on one example of fine-tuning after another… Biologists may have once held simplistic notions about the origin of life, back in the heady days following the iconic Miller-Urey experiment. They may have thought they were on the Read More…
Maybe some of us (yer news writer, for one) have been unkind to Avi Loeb, the Harvard astronomer who continues to insist that space debris Oumuamua is an extraterrestrial lightsail. Anyway, at 29:06 in this vid, Loeb says “nature does not produce such things.” We’re told Loeb is using a design filter like design theorist Read More…
Researchers: Earth’s long-lasting habitability was therefore most likely a contingent rather than an inevitable outcome.
He found fine-tuning of the universe a reasonable argument against his position. In the meantime, new atheism has become the godlessness that failed.
“It was discovered that out of the 100,000 planets, only one was able to maintain habitability for all 100 of its simulations.” Sounds like winning a hundred lotteries in a row. Luck? Naw.
If we are looking for random generation of life, we must default to puddles if oceans don’t work, right?
Seriously, there is considerable evidence that the universe is fine-tuned for life. Maybe we should look at a simpler explanation for why we and ET don’t communicate.
Our universe seems fine-tuned for life to come into existence, as Michael Denton stresses. If so, life may indeed inhabit other planets. If people believe that there is intelligent life on other planets in the galaxy, the best theory to support it, absent evidence at present, is intelligent design.