- Published on 07 February 2012
I will be working on the question whether the universe shows any evidence of having been “fine-tuned” so as to allow for the existence of complex, interesting creatures like human beings. The apparent need for a teleological explanation behind the precise settings of fundamental constants and initial conditions might be just an appearance if our universe is part of a certain kind of multiverse. Fine-tuning arguments have been thought to support, not theism alone, but the disjunction of theism with a multiverse hypothesis. John Hawthorne, David Manley, and Robin Collins have claimed that the multiverse side of this disjunction is not nearly so well-supported, by the appearance of fine-tuning, as the theism side; and that is a question I hope to get to the bottom of. The result will be a chapter in a book on the philosophy of religion.