Alexey Popov - Origin of the Universe: Chance or Intelligent Design?
The questions about the origin of the Universe are discussed in this talk. Special attention is paid to the fine tuning of the Universe which made possible the existence of the complex systems and, especially, life in it. Several examples of the fine tuning are presented: the origin of carbon, relationship between gravitational and electromagnetic forces, masses of the proton and neutron, strong interactions and proton-proton reaction and the location of the Earth in the habitable zone of the Solar system. It is shown that the probability of the accidental realization of the fine tuning is incredibly small which makes us pay very serious attention to the presence of Intelligent Design in the creation of the Universe.