Aug 24, 2013

Multiple Universes = Multiple Chances ... right?

"Multiple Universes = Multiple Chances ... right?"
by Pastor Vocab

Some folks have realized that our universe alone does not have enough "probabilistic resources" in order to produce life by chance and necessity (or any combination of the two). 
One solution is to theorize about more than one universe - a multiverse. Multiverse generator (pun intended) Eugene Koonin admits that no materialistic chemical evolution scenario works. Instead, he opts for the existence of an infinite number of other-life compatible universes because this is thought to render even fantastically improbable events (such as the origin of life) inevitable. The “chaotic eternal inflationary model” holds that the universe expanded rapidly due to a repulsive gravitational field; an inflation field.
The problem? We are not even sure if inflation fields exist! They were put forth to solve the problem of fine-tuning and in essence are given just the right properties for, you guessed it, fine-tuning the universe. Contra this “many worlds in one” hypothesis, Robin Collins argues that we already know for certain that minds can account for design (as in fine-tuning) but “we have no experience of anything like an inflation field generating many universes” and therefore “inflationary cosmology depends upon an abstract entity whose causal powers have not been observed or demonstrated” (for more on this, see Appendix B “Multiverse Cosmology and the Origin of Life” in Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer).
Another problem? There is no empirical evidence to support the theory.
There is also an epistemological cost to this theory: if true, it would mean anything is possible at any time for no real reason at all. It undercuts the whole enterprise of scientific investigation. Dr. Krauss even said something along the lines of this epistemologically damaging implication here:“Maybe in the true eternal multiverse there are truly no laws. Maybe indeed randomness is all there is and everything that can happen happens somewhere.” An example of this conundrum is the “Boltzmann brain” phenomenon.
Koonin’s “solution” creates more problems than answers, in fact, one may say that it generates an infinite number of problems … a multiverse of multiple problems.
No thanks.

NOTE: Peter Woit's comments on Krauss' NY TIMES quotes are intriguing and can be read here

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