My worldview made me do it

Posted: February 3, 2008 in Astronomy & Space, Intelligent Design

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As a response to the problem of a universe that looks increasing fine tuned for life (see here ), the multi verse (many universe’s) theory has been brought forward to answer the teleologists claim of apparent design.

Roger Penrose of Oxford University has calculated that the odds of our universe’s current low entropy condition being obtained by chance alone, are on the order of 1:1010 -I wouldn’t bet my worldview on those odds, but many people are willing to; in order to escape the teleological implications of a fine tuned universe just right for intelligent life.

Even if we have a multi verse situation, the chances of us being able to observe our universe are infinitesimally small -leading to the inference that this theory is a case of the cart leading the horse, -that is the metaphysical presuppositions of the theory maker demand another theory other than the accepted one,based , not on evidence but on a priori prejudice.

 

I found this interesting quote by Physicist Brian Greene on Peter Williams excellent blog ‘ID.plus‘:

 

‘If true, the idea of a multiverse would be a Copernican Revolution realized on a cosmic scale. It would be a rich and astounding upheaval, but one with potentially hazardous consequences. Beyond the inherent difficulty in assessing its validity, when should we allow the multiverse framework to be invoked in lieu of a more traditional scientific explanation? Had this idea surfaced a hundred years ago, might researchers have chalked up various mysteries to how things just happen to be in our corner of the multiverse and not pressed on to discover all the wondrous science of the last century? …The danger, if the multiverse idea takes root, is that researchers may too quickly give up the search for underlying explanations. When faced with seemingly inexplicable observations, researchers may invoke the framework of the multiverse prematurely – proclaiming some phenomenon or other to merely reflect conditions in our own bubble universe and thereby failing to discover the deeper understanding that awaits us. ‘

 

William Lane Craig says:

 

‘if our universe is but one member of a multiverse, then we ought to be observing highly extraordinary events, like horses’ popping into and out of existence by random collisions, or perpetual motion machines, since these are vastly more probable than all of nature’s constants and quantities’ falling by chance into the virtually infinitesimal life-permitting range.’

 

 

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Comments
  1. Have you seen this?

    http://telicthoughts.com/to-understand-the-universe-we-must-start-from-the-here-and-now/

    Top down causation… Selection at the level of the universe… If I did not know better I would suspect we were listening to creationists. LOL.

  2. Mike Godfrey says:

    Hi Bradford,
    thanks for your recent comments,the article referenced in TT seems to try and settle the problem of fine tuning by saying the same thing that has always been said; that is that we are here to observe the universe -so no matter how unlikely it is that a universe would occur unbiden suitable for intelligent life -it happened.
    They say:
    ‘Within just a few seconds after the Big Bang, a single history had already come to dominate the Universe, he explains. So from the ‘classical’ viewpoint of big objects such as stars and galaxies, things happened only one way after that point. Other ‘histories’, say, one in which the Earth formed only 4,000 years ago, have made no significant contribution to this cosmic evolution.’
    Also:
    ‘The theory also suggests an answer to the puzzle of why some of the ‘constants of nature’ seem finely tuned to a value that allows life to evolve. If we start from where we are now, it is obvious that the current Universe must ‘select’ those histories that lead to these conditions. Otherwise we simply wouldn’t be here.’
    Retro causation to mind is the preserve of the one who stands out side of time.
    Anyway thanks for your comments-need a paracetamol tablet!

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