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Single Idea 21198

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / D. Cosmology / 9. Fine-Tuned Universe]

Full Idea

If a theory has to rely on excessive 'fine-tuning', a series of extremely unlikely events in order to produce the universe we see around us, then it is extremely unlikely that this theory is correct.

Gist of Idea

If a cosmic theory relies a great deal on fine-tuning basic values, it is probably wrong

Source

Gavin Hesketh (The Particle Zoo [2016], 10)

A Reaction

He says the Standard Model has 26 parameters which are only known by experiment, rather than by theory. So instead of saying '...so there is a God', we should say '...so our theory isn't very good'.

Book Reference

Hesketh,Gavin: 'The Particle Zoo' [Quercus 2016], p.256