Atheism, Theism, and Improbable Videos

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There seems to be a whole genre of YouTube videos devoted to “just-so” events (as with the one above), and they’re rather nice metaphors of the theist vs. atheist divide.

Theists, of course, posit that the universe’s improbable properties (such as its finely-tuned physical constants) are products of skill, and so all high-fives go to the (presumed) Dude in Heaven.

Atheists posit that what’s really going on in the universe is luck. In other words, we’re noticing some very improbable hits, but not seeing the vast number of misses that surround them. Like the above YouTube video, the appearance of skill is an illusion, an artifact of editing. The universe is actually a multiverse, and our particular universe is just one of the lucky ones with physical constants conducive to life. Our universe is akin to the record thrown in the air that lands on its turntable.

Who’s right about this? And how can you know for sure?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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