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Collins: Cosmos fine-tuned for science discovery


From David Snoke’s notes on the annual meeting of the Christian Scientific Society

Robin Collins gave a great overview of the topic of fine tuning in cosmology, and raised the argument (subject of new work he is doing) that the cosmos is fine tuned not only for the existence of life or observers, but for the existence of scientific discovery. This is along the lines of Gonzalez and Richards’ The Privileged Planet from a few years ago, but with new and more rigorous arguments. More.

Doubtless, a book is forthcoming… ? It tells us something about the times we live in that, whatever the evidence suggests, the people most likely to resist such a view would actually benefit from its general acceptance.

Here is some of Collins‘s current work, as at his home page:

“Fine-Tuning for Discoverability.” Draft of Paper delivered at Greer-Heard Point/Counterpoint Forum on Cosmology and Existence of God, March 22, 2014.
Selected chapters (in draft form) from my in-process book: The Fine-tuning for Life, Technology, and Scientific Discovery: The Scientific Evidence:

“Fine-Tuning of Fine-Structure Constant for Life, Technology, and Discoverability Chapter on fine-tuning of fine-structure constant for life, technology, and discoverability. (draft).

“Fine-tuning for Discoverabilty of Baryon to Photon Ratio for Maximal Intensity of CMB.”
(Near Completion.)

Next year’s CSS meet will be on human exceptionalism. A timely topic when, despite all evidence, nearly 50% Americans now think humans are not special. And the BBC posit, on no particular evidence, that chimpanzees have entered the Stone Age

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See also: Robb Mann a new voice at CSS April meet

Here is a link to Collins' talk at the Greer-Heard Forum in 2014:
Greer Heard Forum: Robin Collins – “God and the Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Discovery” – video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBWmMU7BXGE
Of related note: See Denton's article and trailer for upcoming 'Fire Maker' (perhaps News can can drop a line informing Denton of Collins' work in this area? I really do think a paper between the two of them on this important subject would be in order for Bio-Complexity)
Discovering Fire: How We Became Pyrophiles - Michael Denton - April 21, 2016 http://www.evolutionnews.org/2016/04/discovering_fir102784.html Fire-Maker Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M337zLKamXE
Also of related note, not only is physics fine-tuned for intelligent life like human life, as Collins' work shows, but, as Denton's works shows, chemistry also appears to be of particular benefit for intelligent life like human life.
The Place of Life and Man in Nature: Defending the Anthropocentric Thesis - Michael J. Denton - February 25, 2013 Summary (page 11) Many of the properties of the key members of Henderson’s vital ensemble —water, oxygen, CO2, HCO3 —are in several instances fit specifically for warm-blooded, air-breathing organisms such as ourselves. These include the thermal properties of water, its low viscosity, the gaseous nature of oxygen and CO2 at ambient temperatures, the inertness of oxygen at ambient temperatures, and the bicarbonate buffer, with its anomalous pKa value and the elegant means of acid-base regulation it provides for air-breathing organisms. Some of their properties are irrelevant to other classes of organisms or even maladaptive. It is very hard to believe there could be a similar suite of fitness for advanced carbon-based life forms. If carbon-based life is all there is, as seems likely, then the design of any active complex terrestrial being would have to closely resemble our own. Indeed the suite of properties of water, oxygen, and CO2 together impose such severe constraints on the design and functioning of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems that their design, even down to the details of capillary and alveolar structure can be inferred from first principles. For complex beings of high metabolic rate, the designs actualized in complex Terran forms are all that can be. There are no alternative physiological designs in the domain of carbon-based life that can achieve the high metabolic activity manifest in man and other higher organisms. http://bio-complexity.org/ojs/index.php/main/article/view/BIO-C.2013.1/BIO-C.2013.1 Privileged Species - video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoI2ms5UHWg Privileged Species - How the cosmos is designed for human life - website http://privilegedspecies.com/

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