Unquestionably the most preposterous, staggeringly ignorant, monstrously self-indulgent and yet equally childish argument for a god presented by apologists is that of Fine Tuning. The idea of a custom-made universe contends that the conditions for life are only possible within a slim corridor of physical constants which, if altered, would render life impossible… ergo god did it. Ignoring the fact that this “custom-made” universe is appallingly hostile to biological life and is in fact arranged in such a way to maximise the production of black holes, not life bearing planets, the first part of the statement is however correct. Alter the size of the electric charge of the electron or vary the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron by even a fraction of a percent and life as we understand would be impossible. Recalibrate the strong nuclear force by just 2% and the hydrogen inside stellar interiors would fuse into diprotons instead of deuterium and helium, and the universe would be fundamentally unrecognisable to us.
It’s mind-bogglingly extraordinary, and the chances of it all happening as it has are precisely 1 in 1. We are that chance. We are that card in the deck. We are that lotto draw. There are no odds against this arrangement as it’s already happened, meaning no conclusions can be drawn from it. To even evoke ‘fine tuning’ is a tautology: a stable of self-reinforcing statements that cannot be disproved because they depend on the assumption that they’re already correct. The only possible way to make this fabulously flawed proof-of-god demonstration a non-tautology is to compare our universe against another one, and apologists are typically at pains to never, under any circumstances, contemplate that possibility.
And so as Douglas Adams so wonderfully framed it:
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!”