Re: RE: Review of The Privileged Planet (book)

From: David C Campbell <>
Date: Wed Jun 08 2005 - 16:37:10 EDT

>The anthropic principle says that the universe we perceive must be of
such a nature that will produce and accommodate beings who can perceive
it. Can someone tell me, why is this not equivalent to ID?<

The problem is in the definition of ID. Fine-tuning arguments do
suggest the involvement of an intelligent designer in the creation of
the universe, but the design is basically implemented through the
operation of natural laws-the laws themselves are seen as designed.

This contrasts with the search for gaps in the operation of natural
laws, which most ID advocates especially promote with regard to

Finally, the ID movement as exemplified by the Discovery Institute
incorporates political manouevering and many specific inaccurate

Dr. David Campbell
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University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487
"James gave the huffle of a snail in
danger But no one heard him at all" A.
A. Milne
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