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Fine-tuned Universe Problem

  1. Jul 27, 2011 #1
    This is less about the actual science behind the explanations of this problem and more about the philosophy that drives them. There are many solutions that have been proposed for this problem, though none are universally accepted. My question is this: Why is this a problem?

    The problem is said to be that it appears that the universe is improbably good for supporting life. However, scientists are supposed to be detached, not viewing life as significant at all. In that sense, the finely-tuned conditions shouldn't be a problem. The fact that conditions are great for life is meaningless because life itself is, at least from a scientifically detached perspective, meaningless. This possible outcome is just one of many. Wondering why this outcome is the one that occurred is like wondering why a particular speck of dust in space is where it is. All possible outcomes are equally improbable, but one of them had to happen. The fact that this one did carries no particular meaning or problem.
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  3. Jul 27, 2011 #2
    If the universe wasn't well-suited for life then we wouldn't be around to wonder the opposite.
  4. Jul 27, 2011 #3


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    If this is philosophical then it should probably be moved to the appropriate forum.
  5. Jul 27, 2011 #4


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    This does not belong in the physics forum, but in the philosophy forum. However, it can't be moved in its current form because the original post does not meet the stringent requirement of the philosophy forum. The OP will have to read the guidelines of that forum and repost this topic there.

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