Fountain of Creation -- Design vs. Meta-Design

Carlo H. Séquin
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (2001)
Pages 95–102


Looking at the universe as a whole, focusing on its atomic building blocks, or studying life in its many forms reveals extremely sophisticated "machinery" that appears to work "in just the right way," with components that are finely tuned to support one another's functioning. This essay explores some philosophical options for the "design" that might lie beneath it all.