Re: anthropic principle
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 22:29:09 +0000

The issue I see is that the anthropic argument is not about naturalism but
about design. And the argument ignores one of the supernatural
options--deism. The web page says:

"Let N="The universe is governed solely by Naturalistic law." The negation,
~N, is that it is not governed solely by naturalistic law, that is, some
non-naturalistic (supernaturalistic) principle or entity is involved."

Since God can design a totally naturalistic universe or even a stochastic
universe, the negation of N does not rule out a supernaturalistic being. If
God created the universe and walked away from it leaving it alone, it was
still a designed universe but it is a totally naturalistic universe also. I
don't see how Bill's argument can hold. It appears to ignore the Deistic
option which while not theistic is still supernatural.

Foundation, Fall and Flood
Adam, Apes and Anthropology

Lots of information on creation/evolution