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Mackie's Objection to Swinburne's Design Argument At the end of Chapter 8, Mackie criticizes an early version of Swinburne's design argument, one appearing in Swinburne's book, The Existence of God . This version of the argument made no mention of the anthropic coincidences, and instead depended entirely on the simplicity, elegance and universality of the world's natural laws, which Swinburne called the world's "temporal order" (i.e., its orderliness across time). Swinburne claims that, in the absence of the existence of a creator with a marked preference for order and simplicity, it would be antecedently very surprising to find the world as simple and orderly as it in fact is. Mackie demands a basis for the claim that the prior probability of such regularity is low. Swinburne would respond that there are many more ways for the world to be chaotic than there are for it to be simple and regular. Simple and regular worlds seems to occupy a small region of logical space. In addition, this region can be specified simply and without reference to how things actually are. Consequently, this simplicity is in need of some explanation. Mackie attempts to show that Swinburne's argument is internally inconsistent. As we have, the process of reaching theoretical conclusions is governed, according to Swinburne, by a very
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