I'm currently reading Dinesh D'Souza's new book Life and Death: The Evidence (which I'll be reviewing shortly). But in the meantime, I wanted to share a fun paragraph from P. 84...
The significance of the Anthropic Principle has not been lost on leading atheists who are desperate to avoid the obvious inference to a creator. Richard Dawkins, for example, concedes fine-tuning but argues that “it does not have to mean that the universe was deliberately made in order that we should exist. It need mean only that we are here, and we could not be in a universe that lacked the capacity of producing us.”
This in science is called a selection effect. The difficulty with Dawkins’ argument is exposed by philosopher John Leslie. Leslie asks, suppose a massive terrorist bomb explodes a few feet away from you. Given the extremely low odds, wouldn’t you be amazed to find yourself still alive? How impressed would you be with Dawkins’ contention that there was nothing to warrant surprise; obviously you had to have survived, because if you hadn’t you wouldn’t be here to discuss the subject.
Leslie’s point is that your survival under the circumstances remains highly improbable and in need of explanation. Fine tuning is even less likely than the odds of me buying a lottery ticket in all fifty states and winning every time. How clueless do you have to be to fail to recognize that something very strange is going on here?