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Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe

Monton, Bradley (2007) Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe. [Preprint]

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This paper addresses two main questions. How does one determine that something has the features it does as a result of design, as opposed to for example chance? How are inferences to design affected when one makes the (plausible) assumption that the universe is spatially infinite? I will show that arguments for the existence of God based on the improbable development of life don’t go through under the supposition that the universe is spatially infinite. I will also show that the model of design inferences promulgated by William Dembski is flawed, because it has the consequence that one can never infer design in a spatially infinite universe. My model for design inferences has the (desirable) consequence that there are circumstances where a seeming miracle can count as evidence for the existence of God, even if one would expect that type of event to naturalistically occur in a spatially infinite universe.

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Item Type: Preprint
Monton, Bradley
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Science and Religion
Depositing User: Bradley Monton
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3517

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