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I had in mind to write down a few thoughts about Sean Carroll’s latest book “The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself”. Following their excellent article by Alexander Vilenkin on the beginning of the universe, and other good articles by Gregory Chaitin and Jean-Pierre Luminet, I sent my review off to “Inference: International […]

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Before I get onto Carroll’s other replies to the fine-tuning argument, I need to discuss a feature of naturalism that will be relevant to what follows. I take naturalism to be the claim that physical stuff is the only stuff. That is, the only things that exist concretely are physical things. (I say “concretely” in […]

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Last time, I started a review of the Carroll vs. Craig debate with a (mostly historical) overview of the back-and-forth about the beginning of the universe for the last 90 years of modern cosmology. Here, I’ll have a look at fine-tuning. I should start by saying how much I enjoyed the debate. They should do it […]

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It’s been a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to jotting down a few thoughts about the Sean Carroll vs. William Lane Craig debate. I previewed the debate here (part one, two, three, four). I thoroughly enjoyed the debate. Future posts will discuss a few of the philosophical questions raised by the debate, but I’ll […]

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More on the upcoming Carroll vs. Craig dialogue (previously, one, two, three). I have some leftover business from my previous post on the contingency argument for the existence of God. It concerns the question why is there something something rather than nothing?, a question I’ve discussed on a few previous occasions. The Question The question […]

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As I explained in my last posts (one, two), I’m expecting good things from the upcoming dialogue between Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig. Here, I’ll look at a species of the cosmological argument for the existence of God known as the contingency argument. Before all that: Sean has linked to my previous post about this […]

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As I explained in my last post, I’m expecting good things from the upcoming dialogue between Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig. Before discussing the topic, a few comments about debating. An awful lot of rubbish has been written about counteracting Craig’s diabolical debating; it’s actually pretty simple. When you speak, make a clear argument […]

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On February 21-22 (2014), Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig will debate at the Greer-Heard Forum, at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The topic is “God and Cosmology: The Existence of God in Light of Contemporary Cosmology”. For a number of reasons, I have high hopes for this one. Here’s why. I (mostly) like […]

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(This is a repurposed Facebook comment.) The Fine-Tuning Argument (FLA) is accused of committing the Texas sharpshooter fallacy. Sam the shooter wants to hit a bullseye, but isn’t having much luck. They can barely hit the side of a barn. Having sprayed bullets at the barn all day, they devise a plan: pick an arbitrary bullet […]

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Luke’s Posts

Here are a few of Luke’s favourite blog posts. The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Intelligent Life Comment on “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God” What to Read: The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Intelligent life Fine-Tuning and the Myth of “One variable at a time” Not So Sharp: A Fine-Tuned Critique of Robert […]

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