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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Short Answer The Anthropic Principle is not a rebuttal to Fine Tuning, it is an alternate explanation for why it is observed. Many philosophical thinkers, including many of the answers posted here, ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Your objection seems to be just that 1020000 is a large number, and you don't believe that there are that many worlds. I think you have to concede that there are that many possible worlds (barring ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

The Strong Antrophic Principle (which the question is not about) says that the universe was configured just so, to enable human life; i.e. it includes intent. The Weak Antrophic Principle (WAP) does ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

I see two problems with the "sniper" rebuttal. Firstly, the Anthropic Principle supposes that there is vast range of possible universes, and then says that the one of those which we observe ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Rather than replying to the proposed counter-analogy, I'm going to go back to the original objection: When theists assert that the extraordinary fine-tuning of the fundamental constants of the ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

If we accept that universe=fine tuned for life = TRUE and that this implies it was designed or engineered = TRUE Then isn't it also true that... Evidence of a design phase having taken place ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Is the Anthropic Principle's rebuttal to the fine-tuning argument sound? In short, yes it is. Take a deck of cards and suffle it as much as you like. When you've sufficiently randomized the deck, ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Is this line of reasoning valid? If not, does it not undermine the objection posed by the Anthropic Principle? Not particularly, no. Let’s get the kneejerk reaction out of the way first: If you ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

Physicists do say things like if the cosmological constant were changed 1 part in 10^10 or perhaps 10^100 there'd be no life/macroscopic objects. But that doesn't imply there is 1/10^10 or 1/10^100 ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

To me, a more accurate "sniper analogy" for fine-tuning would be: You run between 2 points of cover in a heavy firefight. There was probably hundred bullets hitting somewhat near you without ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

You are correct that in the sniper analogy, the extreme improbability of all the snipers missing by chance does make some other explanation considerably more likely. Practically certain, given the ...
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Does the "Sniper Firing Squad" analogy undermine the anthropic principle’s objection to the fine-tuning argument for God's existence?

The fact that the odds, P, of the criminal being missed was one preceded by 20,000 zeros does not make it more likely that some other cause was at play. In particular, it does not mean that the ...
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Does theism postulate an overly complicated and unnecessary extra step?

Short answer Absolutely no. The argument falsely presumes that science should end either way, and one must at some point abandon the infinite series leg of Munchausen's Trilemma, and declare a ...
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Does theism postulate an overly complicated and unnecessary extra step?

In fact, that's what the concept of Pastafarianism is for. Without Pastafarianism, there would be no definition of being that atheists could take as a reference for solving existential problems. If ...
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Does theism postulate an overly complicated and unnecessary extra step?

Does theism introduce an overly complicated and unnecessary extra step? No: it introduces an overly complicated, unexplanatory "solution" that's really much worse than the question/problem ...
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