The continued spookiness of the fine-tuning of the interactions in the universe is a constant threat to materialism.
A sad note in Weinberg’s life was that his philosophical framework prevented him from seeing the design behind the physics he studied.
String theory, which took root in the 1970s, proposes that “all objects in our universe are composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes (branes) of energy.”
Cosmology has become an art form. Stylish essays are decked out with a very brief skirt of science.
Fine-tuning of the universe is so unpleasant a subject for materialists that it cannot really become a controversy.