The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us

by Victor J. Stenger
     
 

A number of authors have noted that if some physical parameters were slightly changed, the universe could no longer support life, as we know it. This implies that life depends sensitively on the physics of our universe. Does this "fine-tuning" of the universe suggest that a creator god intentionally calibrated the initial conditions of the universe such that life

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Overview

A number of authors have noted that if some physical parameters were slightly changed, the universe could no longer support life, as we know it. This implies that life depends sensitively on the physics of our universe. Does this "fine-tuning" of the universe suggest that a creator god intentionally calibrated the initial conditions of the universe such that life on earth and the evolution of humanity would eventually emerge? In his in-depth and highly accessible discussion of this fascinating and controversial topic, the author looks at the evidence and comes to the opposite conclusion. He finds that the observations of science and our naked senses not only show no evidence for God, they provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that God does not exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616144432
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
285
Sales rank:
272,318
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Victor J. Stenger (1935 - 2014) was an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He was the author of the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis, God and the Atom, God and the Folly of Faith, The Comprehensible Cosmos, and many other books.

Table of Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................13
PREFACE....................15
1. SCIENCE AND GOD....................27
2. THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLES....................37
3. THE FOUR DIMENSIONS....................47
4. POINT-OF-VIEW INVARIANCE....................73
5. COSMOS....................95
6. THE ETERNAL UNIVERSE....................115
7. GRAVITY IS FICTION....................149
8. CHEMISTRY....................157
9. THE HOYLE RESONANCE....................167
10. PHYSICS PARAMETERS....................175
11. COSMIC PARAMETERS....................199
12. THE COSMOLOGICAL CONSTANT....................213
13. MONKEYGOD....................233
14. PROBABILITY....................245
15. QUANTUM AND CONSCIOUSNESS....................257
16. SUMMARY AND REVIEW....................277
NOTES....................297
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................319
INDEX....................333
ABOUT THE AUTHOR....................343
OTHER BOOKS BY VICTOR J. STENGER....................345

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