Thought: A Journal of Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 1, March 2022

Chris Dorst, Kevin Dorst
Pages 14-23

Splitting the (In)Difference
Why Fine-Tuning Supports Design

Given the laws of our universe, the initial conditions and cosmological constants had to be “fine-tuned” to result in life. Is this evidence for design? We argue that we should be uncertain whether an ideal agent would take it to be so—but that given such uncertainty, we should react to fine-tuning by boosting our confidence in design. The degree to which we should do so depends on our credences in controversial metaphysical issues.