The cosmic lottery

  • Wai-hung Wong


One version of the argument for design relies on the assumption that the apparent fine-tuning of the universe for the existence of life requires an explanation. I argue that the assumption is false. Philosophers who argue for the assumption usually appeal to analogies, such as the one in which a person was to draw a particular straw among a very large number of straws in order not to be killed. Philosophers on the other side appeal to analogies like the case of winning a lottery. I analyze the two analogies and explain why the lottery analogy is the right one to use. In the light of such an analysis, we can see that although the cosmic feature of being life-permitting is rare, it does not allow life-permitting possible universes to stand out because there are other rare cosmic features that other possible universes have.


Analogy Cosmic Design Fine-tuning God Life-permitting Probability van Inwagen Universe 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State University ChicoChicoUSA

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