Splitting the (In)Difference: Why Fine-Tuning Supports Design

Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 11 (1):14-23 (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Given the laws of our universe, the initial conditions and cosmological constants had to be "fine-tuned" to result in life. Is this evidence for design? We argue that we should be uncertain whether an ideal agent would take it to be so—but that given such uncertainty, we should react to fine-tuning by boosting our confidence in design. The degree to which we should do so depends on our credences in controversial metaphysical issues.

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Chris Dorst
University of Florida
Kevin Dorst
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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