Donald G. York, Program Director

it would be incoherent to assert that a complex physical universeexists and that God does not exist. There would be a hiddencontradiction buried in such co-assertions…. [A]ttempts toderive obviously incoherent propositions from such co-assertions havefailed through commission of some elementary logical error. (2004:136)

By Steve Koppes October 4, 2012

Charles Townes, 2005: Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley

-- Portland, Oregon,January 21, 2012

What gives sufficiency to explanation is that mystery is taken away,for example, through the citing of relevant reasons, not thatprobability is increased. (Pruss 2006: 157)

The contest is open to submissions through January 22, 2018.

One worry with understanding the PSR is that it may lead to adeterministic account that not only bodes ill for the success of theargument but on a libertarian account may be incompatible with thecontention that God created freely. Pruss, however, envisions no suchdifficulty.

ESSAY CONTEST  FQXi announces our latest essay contest  in partnership with the  and .

, so that it is comprehensible and enjoyable to read.

By submitting an essay, entrant represents and warrants that the essay is entrant's own creation and is 100% original work; is not subject to, and does not infringe upon, the rights of any third parties, including without limitation, copyright, trademark or privacy or publicity rights; and is not defamatory, obscene or otherwise illegal.

Essays must be submitted as PDF documents via the .

By submitting an entry in the contest, the author agrees to release, defend and hold harmless the Contest Entities and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, volunteers, the Contest judges, and their affiliates, heirs, successors and assigns from and against, and waive any right to pursue, any and all claims of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the Contest, the selection of Winners, and the use of the submitted essay, the author's name, and biographical information as authorized under these Contest rules.

Eligible essays must comply with these guidelines:

All Prizes are subject to United States Income Tax. Winners are required to furnish FQXi with appropriate tax forms for reporting the Prize, and applicable taxes may be withheld from the Prize.

FQXi announces our new grant program on  in partnership with the .

Identify and reward top thinkers in foundational questions; and,

Are “more fundamental” constituents physically smaller? Not always: if inflation is correct, quanta of the inflaton field are as large as the observable universe.

Check out FQXi's monthly  featuring the latest ideas in foundational physics and cosmology.

, so that it is comprehensible and enjoyable to read.

Swinburne begins his discussion with the existence of a physicaluniverse that contains odd events that cannot be fitted into theestablished pattern of scientific explanation (e.g., miracles, theappearance of conscious beings), is too big in that science cannotexplain why there are states of affairs at all or why the fundamentalnatural laws to which science appeals to explain things hold), and iscomplex (its matter-energy has relevant powers). (2004: 74, 150)

Provide an arena for discussion and exchange of ideas regarding foundational questions.

Interesting: An interesting essay is:

By submitting an essay, entrant represents and warrants that the essay is entrant's own creation and is 100% original work; is not subject to, and does not infringe upon, the rights of any third parties, including without limitation, copyright, trademark or privacy or publicity rights; and is not defamatory, obscene or otherwise illegal.