Matthew R. Opel
Matt Opel is a graduate student at the University of Connecticut, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research focuses on the morphology and evolution of South African desert plants, but in his spare time he sometimes thinks about ideas from theology that trespass in the domain of the natural sciences.
Fine-tuning arguments in favor of the existence of creator-gods garner a certain amount of respect, even beyond the theological circles where you would expect them to be influential. In this essay I show how testing the assumptions of the fine-tuning argument can cause it to produce unsatisfying or bizarre conclusions, and how a reevaluation of the probabilities at its heart negates the argument entirely.
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