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Swinburne's Design Argument: Teleological Explanation and Simplicity Swinburne's Design Argument Richard Swinburne's design argument begins with a number of observable features of the universe, including the anthropic coincidences we have examined in the last two lectures. Swinburne also emphasizes the uniformity of the universe, both its uniformity over time, and the fact that the fundamental particles of the universe belong to a relatively few kinds (electrons, protonts, neutrons, photon, etc.), each of which is perfectly uniform with respect to physical character. Moreover, Swinburne points out that the fundamental laws of nature are simpler and more elegant than we would otherwise have a right to expect. In Chapter 2, "How We Explain Things", Swinburne lays out a model for scientific inference. Swinburne argues that we should adopt a scientific hypothesis whenever it meets three conditions: (i) it is relatively simple (simpler than any competing hypothesis), (ii) it explains (makes unsurprising) a large number of varied phenomena, and (iii) it fits well with our background knowledge. Swinburne argues, persuasively, I think, that a well-supported hypothesis need not make
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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