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Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe

Monton, Bradley (2008) Design Inferences in an Infinite Universe. [Preprint]

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    This paper addresses two main questions. First, how does one determine that something has the features it does as a result of design, as opposed to for example chance? Second, 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
    Keywords: Michael Behe, William Dembski, Robert Shapiro
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Science and Religion
    Depositing User: Bradley Monton
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3997
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3997

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