Monday, April 23, 2012

Philosopher Interview: Robin Collins

Today’s interview is with Robin Collins, professor of philosophy at Messiah College. His training is in physics and in philosophy and he is a leading advocate for using the fine-tuning of the universe as a design argument for theism. He talks about his background and training, the fine-tuning argument, the different types of fine-tuning with examples and illustrations (laws, constants and initial conditions), two different ways of presenting the fine-tuning argument, answering common objections to the argument, the uniqueness of life, variations of the multiverse hypothesis, the failure of multiverse theory to explain away fine-tuning, objections to Victor Stenger, upcoming books, simplifying the fine-tuning argument for practical use, common mistakes when presenting the argument, the most common objection (who designed God?), and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (82 min)

Closer to Truth videos with Robin Collins here.

Enjoy.
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2 Comments

  1. G. Kyle Essary April 24, 2012

    What an interesting interview. Thanks Brian!

  2. Roger April 28, 2012

    This is a good paper on fine tuning from Australian astronomer Luke Barnes:

    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1112.4647.pdf