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Did the universe design itself?

Goff, P. (2019) 'Did the universe design itself?', International journal for the philosophy of religion., 85 (1). pp. 99-122.

Abstract

Many philosophers and scientists believe that we need an explanation as to why the laws of physics and the initial conditions of the universe are fine-tuned for life. The standard two options are: theism and the multiverse hypothesis. Both of these theories are extravagant and arguably have false predictions. Drawing on contemporary philosophy of mind, I outline a form of panpsychism that I believe offers a more parsimonious and less problematic explanation of cosmological fine-tuning.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11153-018-9692-z
Publisher statement:© The Author(s) 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Date accepted:08 November 2018
Date deposited:04 December 2018
Date of first online publication:24 November 2018
Date first made open access:04 December 2018

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