An examination of the fine-tuning argument within an evolutionary philosophy of cosmology.

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Description

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.
AcronymOZR1549
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/10/0730/09/08

Flemish discipline codes

  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies

Keywords

  • philospohy