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The fine-tuning argument: the 'design inference' version


Wood, G, The fine-tuning argument: the 'design inference' version, Religious Studies, 42, (4) pp. 467-471. ISSN 0034-4125 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0034412506008493


William Dembski claims that the fine-tuning supports the inference that the universe was designed. His 'design inference' is based on the identification of two features of the fine-tuning. Dembski claims that it is a 'specified' event of small (a priori) probability. Specification, in this context, is the ability to describe an event without using any knowledge of the actual event itself. I argue that we currently do not have the ability to describe accurately the fine-tuning of the universe without using any knowledge of the fine-tuning itself. If we cannot generate a specification, then the fine-tuning is not a specified event, so the 'design inference' is not justified. © 2006 Cambridge University Press.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Metaphysics
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wood, G (Dr Graham Wood)
ID Code:41994
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2011-07-29

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