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A Natural Introduction to Fine-Tuning

@article{Vuyst2020ANI,
  title={A Natural Introduction to Fine-Tuning},
  author={Julian De Vuyst},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2020}
}
  • Julian De Vuyst
  • Published 10 December 2020
  • Philosophy
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
A well-known topic within the philosophy of physics is the problem of fine-tuning: the fact that the universal constants seem to take non-arbitrary values in order for live to thrive in our Universe. In this paper we will talk about this problem in general, giving some examples from physics. We will review some solutions like the design argument, logical probability, cosmological natural selection, etc. Moreover, we will also discuss why it's dangerous to uphold the Principle of Naturalness as… 
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