All Blog Posts Tagged 'cosmology' (6)

The unknown purpose of the universe

Some philosophers, such as Richard Swinburne have argued that there is evidence from fine tuning that the specific laws of physics that allow intelligent life forms to exist are so improbable that it is plausible that these laws were fine tuned by god in order that intelligent life forms could exist (Leslie, 1990). Swinburne argued that a good god would have particular reason to will that beings such as humans could come to exist, e.g. so that we could develop…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Explaining the universe with the unexplainable

Religious philosopher Richard Swinburne contends that the fact that the universe is actually explicable to human reason ‘points to the existence of a deity’.

As a thought experiment, imagine a universe that was not explicable to its inhabitants, where the reasons why things happened were completely opaque and not open to human understanding. People there might say that ‘God works in…

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Added by Scott McGreal on August 2, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Our Glorious Insignificance

We are, all of us, unimaginably small. Our entire planet, everything that we are as a species, all of the plants and animals that make up our world, our entire biosphere is infinitesimally small. While our world and our civilization and our individual societies and their attendant squabbles are profoundly important to us, their importance is purely relative - in any sort of cosmic scale, they dwindle into utter insignificance.



Carl Sagan, discussing the first picture of…

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Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 28, 2010 at 12:29pm — 4 Comments

The State of Cosmology: Universe from NOTHING

Lawrence Kraus gives an amazing rundown of the latest understanding of cosmology. This is the most informative video I've ever… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 26, 2009 at 9:54pm — 1 Comment

Dark Matter/Energy, Resolution of Spacetime, etc.

Warning: This is wild speculation from someone who probably doesn't know what he's talking about. Please link me to any resources that would set me straight. :)



Cliffs Notes: Could the possibility of a fundamental resolution to the universe explain dark matter/energy?



Something about the search for the nature of dark matter/energy has always bugged me. Every time I've seen the topic explored (and I admit I haven't done any really advanced reading on it), they've taken for… Continue

Added by Matthew Orlando on July 6, 2009 at 10:47pm — 7 Comments

Nothing from nothing leaves nothing

In response to a prior post, I received a pretty thoughtful, non-hysterical comment that nonetheless invoked the infamous “something from nothing” argument that theists sometimes use to dismiss physics and introduce a Deus ex Hallucina to explain the Big Bang. I commented back, but because my comment involved a few hundred words I decided to bump it up to the main-post level. Here it… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 3, 2008 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

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