That God has succeeded in adjusting the laws of the universe is at least as improbable as its existence.

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Keywords: Teleological argument, God, Complexity, Fine-tuning, Laws of the universe, Improbability[ edit ].



“The theist says that when God organized the world, he set the fundamental constants of the universe so that each was in its Goldilocks zone to produce life. It's as if God had six knobs he could turn and tickled each one to bring it to its Goldilocks value. As always, the theistic answer is deeply unsatisfactory, because it leaves God's existence unexplained. A God capable of calculating the Goldilocks values of six numbers would necessarily have to be at least as improbable as such a carefully tuned combination of numbers - and that's very improbable indeed. Which is really the premise of this whole discussion. It follows that the theistic answer has completely failed to move the resolution of the problem one step further.”

Richard Dawkins, To put an end to God, Robert Laffont, Paris, 2008.


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