Why are the laws of nature as they are? Tackling such an age-old metaphysical question today, we have to take into account the results of modern cosmology. Many arguments, the so called fine-tuning arguments, have been made that if the parameters of physics would have been just slightly different, life couldn't have appeared. What are the reasons for these fine-tuned values? We can distinguish four directions to search in. A promising one that we will focus on is the original attempt of the astrophysicist Lee Smolin, who, motivated by a biological analogy, tries to explain the fine-tuning of the laws of physics by a process of natural selection. Going a little further from his theory, we may expect a deep link between man (or intelligence) and the cosmos. This link suggests the possibility of an integrated evolutionary view of the universe and our place in it.
|Effective start/end date||1/10/07 → 30/09/08|
Flemish discipline codes
- Philosophy, ethics and religious studies