tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1433428682510068517.post7715425709153544078..comments2022-12-26T00:47:49.485-05:00Comments on Possible Worlds: God and the Laws of NatureRandy Everisthttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06870605678781409126noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1433428682510068517.post-6823423500503628012016-12-18T19:38:57.192-05:002016-12-18T19:38:57.192-05:00Well of course, one of the first hurdles is that t...Well of course, one of the first hurdles is that they either gratuitously grant themselves the quantum energy in the vacuum ontologically (for which there is no evidence in this exact scenario) or they assume, as you point out, that the laws-as-abstractions stand in causal relations. There are also various kinds of probability, depending on who you ask. Some people think there is intrinsic probability, which is probability independent of any evidence one has for it (say, of a fairly-made coin landing "heads" for any given flip). Some people deny it exists. Even still, it's difficult to know what "prescriptive probabilities" is even supposed to mean. Does it mean that some object x gives y it's particular probability (intrinsic, I suppose)? That seems odd. More commonly, probability is associated with background knowledge (note even in the coin example, we already know some things about it: namely, it has two sides and is fair). That's all I really have for now!Randy Everisthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06870605678781409126noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1433428682510068517.post-15490200238571138132016-12-18T17:44:41.125-05:002016-12-18T17:44:41.125-05:00Would you say similarly to Probabilities that they...Would you say similarly to Probabilities that they are descriptive instead of being prescriptive. I hear Atheists try to use the line all the time that due to Quantum Indeterministic Probability a Universe would begin without a cause besides the other problems with this (such as Event-Event Causation, the fact that Probabilities are Platonic Abstract Objects so do not stand in causal relations, and that this assumes Quantum Indeterminism), how would you say that Probabilities are also only Descriptive not Prescriptive as Laws should be?Anonymoushttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09779728826089094252noreply@blogger.com