Part 2: The Universe Has Been Fine-tuned To Support Life

During high school, I studied General Physics through the Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University. The standard textbook used by the program, though acknowledging evolution, made a fascinating comment at its end, in the chapter on cosmology:
The questions of cosmology are deep ones that fascinate the human intellect. One aspect that is especially intriguing is this: calculations on the formation and
evolution of the universe have been performed that deliberately varied the values– just slightly–of certain fundamental physical constants. The result? A universe in which life as we know it could not exist. [For example, if the difference in mass between proton and neutron were zero, or small (less than 0.5 MeV/c2), there would be no atoms: electrons would be captured by protons never to be freed again.] Such results have given rise to the so-called Anthropic principle, which says that if the universe were even slightly different than it is, we couldn’t be here. It’s as if the universe were exquisitely tuned, almost as if to accommodate us.

More will be coming on this subject at a later time. Think about how the fine-tuning of the universe relates to its origin.

Giancoli, G. Physics, 5th edition (1998). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, p. 1031.

 

5 thoughts on “Part 2: The Universe Has Been Fine-tuned To Support Life

  1. If the point of your website is to educate the public on your beliefs, you should consider making your point in a way the public can understand. It is not my intention to be disrespectful in any way. I just find it difficult to make sense of the information you have provided. As an intelligent person you must be aware of the fact that the majority of the world’s population are no where near your level of intellect. You need to find a way to get your point across in terms the public can comprehend.

    • Annie, I appreciate your respectful comment. I realize that the information on this blog is challenging for the general public to understand. This is written on a graduate education level, both with regard to science and to other fields (which will be discussed later for their contribution to evidence-based faith). In the future, when time permits, I would like to write a simplified version for the general public. In the meantime, it is my hope that those who are deeply motivated to learn more about this topic would consider researching unfamiliar terms or concepts and investigating them, so that they could evaluate the blog for itself. Since these basic questions affect every facet of our lives, it makes sense to me to invest some time in learning how to consider them. Thanks again for your comment.

  2. Other future posts will talk about the value of genetics, enzymology, and biochemistry, embryology, and physiology in evidence-based faith.

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