Monday, 3 July 2017
We Can’t Ignore Cosmic Fine Tuning, Astrophysics Professor Says
Fine tuning is an enormous hurdle for the naturalistic worldview.
We see it everywhere, from the tiny to the huge, and it is often displayed as great beauty, as in fractals, Fibonacci numbers and the golden rule that are practically ubiquitous in the universe.
Writing in New Scientist, Geraint Lewis, who is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, takes the naturalist bull by the horns and suggests that the universe “may be fine-tuned for life. The idea is that physical laws and constants are inexplicably just right to support it.”
He says that this view is becoming more popular and thinks that a heated debate may be just round the proverbial corner.
Some agnostics and atheists would want to explain away the fine tuning by invoking the multiverse, which, as astronomer Danny R. Faulkner puts it, is “a radical departure into philosophy or religion” and is not science at all.
There’s only one logical explanation for all this fine tuning: “In the beginning God created.”
Lewis, Geraint. 2017. A fine-tuned universe may be controversial but can’t be ignored. New Scientist (28 June).