Tim Maudlin on Fine Tuning
Cosmology group researcher Tim Maudlin has a great post in Aeon Magazine about cosmic fine-tuning. Read it there and feel free to discuss it in the comments here!
Reblogged this on SelfAwarePatterns and commented:
A very interesting article. I’ve never been too impressed by fine tuning arguments. To me, they’ve always sounded like, “the universe is fined tuned to produce…the universe we have”. But this article does a good job of summing up the issues and is well worth the time.
I think Tim Maudlin’s Homeostasis argument, though a clever analogy as to how constants in nature could arise, still misses the point. The question then quite obviously becomes, why does their terminal velocity-falling world have such characteristics as would pick out a specific terminal velocity, and not others? What if any other physical characteristics of their falling world…surface features, density, coefficient of friction, or density of the medium through which they are falling…would result in a terminal velocity that was not hospitable to self-aware beings able to contemplate it? In other words, what if they calculated that a velocity different by 1 part in 120 orders of magnitude than observed in their world would preclude their physical existence?
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