Defining ‘Fine-Tuner’

by Max Andrews

There are two ways of understanding the definition of fine-tuner: a positive and negative definition.  By fine-tuner in the positive sense I mean a mind, or agent, capable of articulating information (non-noise information or a specified and complex information).  Not only would this mind be merely capable in articulating this information but also intended to articulate the precise information we find in nature.  The negative definition is the negation of necessity, regularity, mindless chance, or any other combination of the sort. Note that a fine-tuner is distinct from a mere intelligence since intelligence can mimic regularity or chance, and thereby rendering its actions indistinguishable from regularity or chance.[1]  Thus, it’s important to recognize the combination of the two definitions, which serve different explanatory roles but are identical in reference.

[1] William Dembski, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005), 36.

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