[quote author=“Doubter”][quote author=“dougsmith”]
Well, it’s not making calculations, but no doubt there is some reason (some structure built into spacetime) that makes these regularities happen.
What if the universe only appears to be the way it is because that is the way it is comprehensible to us?
Just a mind flip, but if you think of humans as being the sole source of all human reality then there must be no room for any form of supernatural based reality.
God becomes a human manifestation.
There is no evidence whatever for the supernatural, and the god of the theologians certainly is a human manifestation. But the laws of nature are not.
Humans may be important in our own small world, but we are not the arbiters of the universe, nor the “sole source of all human reality”. Down that road lies solipsism, mind-only idealism, or simple postmodernism.
We know that our grasp of the laws of nature at least approximates reality, because it has been tested repeatedly through predictions and experimentation. To take just one oft-told example, Johannes Kepler wanted very much to believe that the planets went around the sun in circular orbits. Due to Tycho Brahe’s incredibly accurate data on the position of Mars, Kepler was forced to accept the fact that the heavens were imperfect, and that planets orbited the sun in ellipses.
So the evidence is one thing, and human wishes and desires are another. Kepler would have found the heavens a lot more comprehensible had the planets moved in circles. But they don’t.