Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Multi-verse Madness

"Did you think science was a disinterested pursuit of truth? Well you were wrong."
David Berlinski
-The Devil's Delusion
Below is an excerpt from a Discover Magazine article that would be hilarious were it not so absolutely frustrating. Note: the Magazine is not a religious, creationist, or even an I.D. magazine. It is a mainstream, purely secular science magazine reporting on an emerging "scientific" theory that is the latest desperate evasion of the compelling cosmological arguments for a Creator. To read the entire article, click here.
"Call it a fluke, a mystery, a miracle. Or call it the biggest problem in physics. Short of invoking a benevolent creator, many physicists see only one possible explanation: Our universe may be but one of perhaps infinitely many universes in an inconceivably vast multi­verse. Most of those universes are barren, but some, like ours, have conditions suitable for life.

The idea is controversial. Critics say it doesn’t even qualify as a scientific theory because the existence of other universes cannot be proved or disproved. Advocates argue that, like it or not, the multiverse may well be the only viable non­religious explanation for what is often called the “fine-tuning problem”—the baffling observation that the laws of the universe seem custom-tailored to favor the emergence of life."
In other words (not that other words are needed), unless we accept this completely unprovable hypothesis as a valid theory, we may be forced to consider the possibility that the universe may have been deliberately created by a Higher Power...God forbid.

When I was in Theatre school, there were often popular humorous allusions to the "monkeys typing Hamlet" theory. The theory essentially says that if there were an infinite number of monkeys banging away at their own type-writers, one of those monkeys would type out "Hamlet" (as it was written by William Shakespeare).

Sounds like someone took that joke and arbitrarily applied it to cosmology.

Psalm 14.

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