[SydPhil] Neil Sinhababu ACU philosophy seminar series

Stephen Matthews Stephen.Matthews at acu.edu.au
Thu Jul 21 13:30:06 AEST 2016

ACU Philosophy Seminar Series

Neil Sinhababu (National University of Singapore) is our speaker for July 29 (Friday week). Talk begins 2.30pm, ends 4pm.

Title: Divine Fine-Tuning vs. Electrons in Love

Abstract:  I offer a new objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence, which arises from the metaphysical possibility of alternative psychophysical laws that permit a wider range of physical entities to have minds. Section 1 presents the fine-tuning argument, according to which divine creation best explains why the physical constants permit intelligent life. Section 2 presents the objection that under sufficiently mind-friendly psychophysical laws, any physical constants permit intelligent life. Section 3 explains that proponents of the argument can't deny the metaphysical possibility of such psychophysical laws because they must accept a nonphysical God with a mind. Section 4 considers a version of the argument restricted to universes with actual psychophysical laws, and responds that there's no reason God would favor such universes.


Neil will be speaking from ACU's Canberra campus, Signadou building, S.G.1.10

Talk videoconferenced to:

Ballarat - CB1.104
Brisbane - AC.22
Melbourne - 250 Victoria Pde 7.03
North Sydney - TWH16.24
Strathfield - C2.31

Enquiries: Steve Matthews (stephen.matthews at acu.edu.au<mailto:stephen.matthews at acu.edu.au>) or Richard Colledge (Richard.Colledge at acu.edu.au)

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