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God by Victor J. Stenger
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Sep 10, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, atheism, physics, cosmology, philosophy
Read from May 01 to 02, 2011

My curiosity was piqued when I learned (thanks David) that this book explores the teleological implication arising from the fine-tuning of the constants of physics.

Sadly, I didn't feel like my questions were answered satisfactorily.
Stenger makes some claims that I don't even buy into, like that the universe has a net zero energy.
While gravitational energy does counter mass-energy, I am not convinced that we can call the net energy zero.
The cosmological constant is nearly but not quite zero, so is the mass of the neutrino.
There may be a good argument for a zero-energy universe out there, but I didn't find it in this book.
It seemed like Stenger may have eluded to the universe being a quantum fluctuation of the vacuum.
There is a good argument against this possibility in Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd.

However, Stenger did deliver a great argument against the anthropic principle.

The rest of the book is a solid evidence-based case against god.

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