How the mis-application of the Anthropic Principle has led factions of scientists away from the search for a natural, physical explanation of our Universe, and why that’s bad for everyone.
Ethan Siegel, at his new home at Medium, takes on the Anthropic principle. I think I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I’m not particularly impressed with the Anthropic Principle or any fine tuning arguments. The universe is fine tuned to produce…the universe we have.
But Siegel does identify some real scientific appearances of fine tuning, and tells why invoking multiverses and other explanations is simply giving up on the scientific quest for an explanation.
On a related note, I’m currently reading a book with a related but broader theme, ‘Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth‘, by Jim Baggott, which I hope to be able to report on sometime soon.
- On the possibility of life at z=100 (lalanguedesetoiles.wordpress.com)
- Best of 2013: Beyond the Horizon of the Universe – Issue 8: Home (nautil.us)
- The Jewish Leadership Blog: Anthropic Principle: HaRav Nachman Kahana on Parashat Va&?39;ai&?39;ra 5774 (jewishleadership.blogspot.com)
- Swag Packet (joeshaughnessy.wordpress.com)
- “Complex Life was Possible in Cosmic Afterglow Just 15 Million Years After the Big Bang” (dailygalaxy.com)