Friday, July 29, 2016

10 - The Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse Speculation

Note to readers: Starting with the next post, new posts will go up twice a month, on the 15th and the 30th of the month.

As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.  - Freeman J. Dyson
In this post:

What is the Anthropic Principle?

What does it mean to assert that
the Universe is "finely tuned"?

How does the notion of the multiverse
feature in this discussion?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

9 - Why Should it Matter Whether There is a god?

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.  - Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
In this post:

Ongoing interest in the existence or
nonexistence of god probably has to do with
primary concerns of human existence.

The human brain may actually be "wired"
for some form of spirituality.


"360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky" by ESO/H.H. Heyer - ESO. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons