Thursday, January 9, 2014

Defending the Faith: 'Is the universe friendly?' | Deseret News

Defending the Faith: 'Is the universe friendly?' | Deseret News: "“As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit,” said physicist Freeman Dyson, of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, “it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.”"

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Brett said...

Probably the preferred explanation today of the "fine-tuning" problem is that there are an infinite number of universes in the multiverse, so some of them are likely to have the conditions necessary for galaxies, stars, planets, and life.

Though with no evidence of the multiverse, its existence requires a fair amount of faith.

Ryan said...

I guess as a scientist you never want to say, "we don't have a great explanation for this, so God did it" because your job is to explain the physical world. But I agree, there's something kind of absurd about making guesses at why the universe is so perfectly tuned based on basically no evidence, and then claiming it's science.

Brett said...

A sizable portion of the physics community agrees that string theory and the multiverse are not (yet) science.