It was inevitable.
The Defenders of a Rational Universe
At Stand to Reason, Tim Barnett reminds us of an argument against fine-tuning of the universe Douglas Adams (1952–2001) offers in one of the Hitchhiker books (he Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time):
This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in—an interesting hole I find myself in—fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.
In the puddle analogy, the puddle—Doug—can exist in any hole. That’s how puddles work. The shape of the hole is irrelevant to the existence of the puddle. If you change the shape of the hole, the shape of the puddle changes, but you always get a puddle.
The problem is, life doesn’t work like that. Life cannot exist in any universe. The evidence from fine-tuning shows that a life-permitting universe is extremely rare. If you change certain conditions of the universe, you cannot get life anywhere in the universe. For instance, slightly increase the mass of the electron or the up quark, and get a universe with nothing but neutrons. No stars. No planets. No chemistry. No life.Tim Barnett, “Why the Puddle Analogy Fails against Fine-Tuning” at Stand to Reason (April 22, 2021)
It’s a good argument. But in reality, any argument against fine-tuning will be accepted, whether it makes sense or not. It is only the defenders of a rational universe who need to make sense. And that’s not for the other guy; it’s for you.
See also: What becomes of science when the evidence does not matter?
God expects Christians who must hold the line for the objective, rational universe of laws.
This, we can do.
If only because of irrational, power-over-all sophists can’t hold it together over much longer than two, three generations.
And are not only to “hold the line”. We can – and should – press the claims of a lawful, ordered universe forward, to overthrow the loony-slavery regimes that currently dominate the world.
Proving Something Obviously False
Again, from Uncommon Descent, Granville Sewell on origin of life as a provably unsolvable problem
All one needs to do is realize that if a solution were found, we would have proved something obviously false, that a few (four, apparently) fundamental, unintelligent forces of physics alone could have rearranged the fundamental particles of physics into libraries full of science texts and encyclopedias, computers connected to monitors, keyboards, laser printers and the Internet, cars, trucks, airplanes, nuclear power plants and Apple iPhones.
Is this really a valid proof? It seems perfectly valid to me, as I cannot think of anything in all of science that can be stated with more confidence than that a few unintelligent forces of physics alone could not have rearranged the basic particles of physics into Apple iPhones. In the first half of my video “Why Evolution Is Different” I argue with a bit more scientific sophistication, and a bit more scientific detail, that problem #3 has no solution, but my arguments are still very simple. Unfortunately, most biologists don’t seem to be impressed by such simple proofs; they don’t believe it is possible to reject all solutions to a difficult problem without looking at the details of each. But mathematicians know that sometimes it is possible.Granville Sewell, “Some Problems Can Be Proved Unsolvable” at Evolution News and Science Today
It’s been said that many biologists are poor mathematicians.
Here’s a vid where he makes the case:
Fake Science is not grounded on repeatable observatory experiments. Nor is it tied to hard math, or physics, or chemistry… not when the chips are down.
“Of course dinosaur blood can last for millions of years with out degrading!
How do we know this?
Because the alternative is intellectually intolerable, that’s why!”
Modern science is increasingly based on social games, appeals to authority, and media/information control. As the COVID incompetence demonstrated.
Now, I have no problem with Appeals to Authority, or Philosophy, or Religion per se. I don’t even mind political pressure groups or academic social cliques!
But call it what it is.