Fine-tuning

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List of Fine-Tuning Parameters

“Fine-tuning” refers to various features of the universe that are necessary conditions for the existence of complex life, including the initial conditions and “brute facts” of the universe, the laws of nature or the numerical constants present in those laws, and local features of habitable planets. Read More ›

Dr. Michael Denton on Evidence of Fine-Tuning in the Universe

On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin sits down with Dr. Michael Denton, a Senior Fellow of the CSC who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Denton is the author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, which has been credited with influencing both Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe, as well as Nature’s Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe, which elaborates on the evidence of design in nature. Read More ›

Mathematician Granville Sewell on Evolution and Intelligent Design

UT mathematician Granville Sewell has produced a book of essays spanning a wide variety of issues related to the debate over evolution. Besides biological evolution, it also deals with the Big Bang, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, quantum mechanics, and even design in mathematics.

For more about In the Beginning and Other Essays on Intelligent Design go here. Read More ›

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The Privileged Planet

Co-authored by two Discovery Institute Fellows, astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and philosopher Jay W. Richards, The Privileged Planet presents a new form of design argument which can be applied to the level of the cosmos. Design proponents have long held that the physical constants of nature and properties of our solar system appear finely tuned and specified to allow for advanced Read More ›

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Mere Creation

This extensive volume contains essays by numerous Discovery Fellows who presented at an early intelligent design conference at Biola University in 1996. As Henry F. Shaefer III explains in the forward, the conference was not a typical “creationist” event, as “virtually none of the conference participants were creationists of the sort one frequently reads about in the popular press” and Read More ›

What Intelligent Design Is— and Isn’’t

So what is ID, really? ID is not a deduction from religious dogma or scripture. It's simply the argument that certain features of the natural world — from miniature machines and digital information found in living cells, to the fine-tuning of physical constants — are best explained as the result of an intelligent cause. ID is thus a tacit rebuke of an idea inherited from the 19th century, called scientific materialism. Read More ›

Are We Alone In the Universe?

Is the truth out there— somewhere? Speculation about these big questions made the X-Files a cultural phenomenon. Trying to answer them using real science has made the career of Cuban-born astronomer Guillermo González colorful and controversial. A research professor of astronomy at Iowa State University, González is a leader in the new and burgeoning field of astrobiology—the “highly interdisciplinary study,” he explains, “of life in the universe: its origin, distribution, and destiny.” Read More ›

The Designed ‘Just So’ Universe

What does it mean on a human level for an engineer to design a product? On a grand scale, what would it mean to say that the universe is the product of an intelligent designer? And what evidence is there to support such a claim? What features of the universe suggest that a "home" has been carefully crafted for our benefit? William Paley in his classic Natural Theology (1802) provided evidence from both the physical sciences and the biological sciences for a designed universe, but the strength of his argument for design was limited by the scientific understanding of his time, and was subsequently called into question by Darwin's theory of evolution. However, discoveries in astronomy and cosmology in the last half of the twentieth century have provided extremely compelling evidence for a designed universe. My purpose in this article is to provide a clear indication of what is meant by design and then summarize the factual basis from cosmology that our universe is indeed uniquely designed as a habitat for life in general and humans in particular. Read More ›
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The Fine-Tuning Design Argument

I. Introduction The Evidence of Fine-tuning1 Suppose we went on a mission to Mars, and found a domed structure in which everything was set up just right for life to exist. The temperature, for example, was set around 70o F and the humidity was at 50%; moreover, there was an oxygen recycling system, an energy gathering system, and a whole Read More ›