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  1. The fine tuning argument calls our attention to the fact that the laws, initial conditions and constants of physics are precisely set to allow the existence of conscious life in this universe, and had they been even slightly different then no life would be possible. It is argued that this is evidence of theism, or that theism is the best explanation for this data, as we wouldn't expect it if atheism was true. I want to call your attention to a new development of the fine tuning argument advanced by philosopher Robin Collins (who has a postgrad physics background). This is the fine tuning of the universe for discoverability Not only is the universe fine tuned for conscious life, but it is also additionally fine tuned to allow this conscious life to develop civilisations and to discover the inner workings of the universe. The Fine-Tuning for Discoverability Robin Collins http://home.messiah.edu/~rcollins/Fine-tuning/Greer-Heard%20Forum%20paper%20draft%20for%20posting.pdf One example he gives is the fine structure constant. He points out that if it had been slightly larger then all fires would have gone out, and had it been slightly smaller, then light microscopes allowing us to see the smallest cells wouldn't have been possible.
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