Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Fine Tuning a bit Off Key


  1. Thank you for the video. It is well-done, and supplies me with statistics and facts that I find quite helpful.

    I feel caught in the middle. On the one hand, I am trying to show my believing friends the very facts pointed out in this video: the extreme inhospitableness of the universe to life. As I view it, this clearly necessitates some major adjustments in out thinking about God, and his overriding purposes. I'm one theist who is excited to explore this outside the box theology. While I come out in a different place, I would use this video with I.D. Christians, because clearly their thinking is skewed. On the other hand, while the video attempts to minimize the impact of the fine tuning argument, in the end it must resort to the end-around concept of the multiverse, an idea for which we have little or no scientific corroboration. So, for me, this video does not destroy the concept of fine-tuning, but rather offers another speculative explanation.

  2. Hi Cliff,

    Well I think that you are in the middle, so you are judging it just right!

    You are in between fundamentalists who don't use reality to make judgements at all, and fundamental atheists who "know" that the supernatural doesn't and can't exist.

    For good or ill I am in the middle with you. I guess I describe myself as an atheist/rationalist who simply doesn't start with any any assumptions that the supernatural exists.

    I do agree with the religious fundamentalist's - shock - that rational thought is a journey that will end in you seriously questioning your assumptions (more than you already do).

    I sincerely hope that you get through that OK - whatever happens to your faith.

    Good luck.