Saturday, December 27, 2008

Another Limited Mathematical Variation Range

Dark Energy is a Viewpoint article. The implications of dark energy for an expanding universe are explored and analyzed. From an intelligent design perspective the most cogent observation relates to an estimate of the amount of dark enrgy in the universe and a very limited range within which it could vary and still allow for conditions favorable to life. The extremely limited range of variation is yet another finely tuned value arguing for a correlation between life and tight constraints on values of nature's basic constants. From the linked article:

At any rate, here's the most fascinating thing about this. Scientists have determined that the amount of dark energy present in the universe cannot vary from the actual value by more than one part in 10(120). That's a one with 120 zeroes after it. If it did deviate from its actual value by more than this amount life would not be able to exist in the universe that would result. That is an unimaginably precise setting. It's the equivalent of the mass of a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of the mass of a single electron.

What an amazing thing that this dark energy is calibrated to just the right value to allow life to survive. What an extraordinary amount of blind faith it takes to think that it's just a lucky accident.



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