But doesn’t self-organization of the universe, as is now suggested, entail some sort of panpsychism?
Astrophysicist: The Big Bang says nothing about how the cosmos came to be
Has Frank just given away the store to theists? The situation is exactly what we would expect if the cosmos is designed by a supernatural intelligence. We can learn how it works but the inventor exists and works at a higher level. We get only scattered, partial insights as to that.
Theoretical astrophysicist re dark energy: The zero-point energy of empty space is not zero.
And, as Ethan Seigel goes on to say at Big Think, “Even with all the physics we know, we have no idea how to calculate what it ought to be.”
At IAI News: Time existed before the Big Bang
One problem is that if time existed before the Big Bang, it either came into existence separately from space or it is a past eternity. But a past eternity is, unfortunately, the dreaded Hilbert’s Hotel.
Peter Woit: String theory is dead
But can something like string theory really die? Didn’t it ever only exist in order to keep smart people from grappling with reality?
Massive early galaxies defy “prior understanding of the universe”
Tip: If all you want is to have your prior beliefs about the universe confirmed, don’t whack a huge telescope into space and code it to send back real-life actual data. Pound lecterns on behalf of manipulated interpretations of prior data instead.
Has our model of the universe been falsified?
Well, anything that can’t be falsified by science methods can’t be verified that way either. Take your pick.
Rob Sheldon responds to Sabine Hossenfelder’s loss of faith in science
Sabine says 40 years of lack of progress, with 40 years of wrong predictions is not normal, and we should not normalize it. (The field is losing graduate students, which means the end is nigh.)
Sabine Hossenfelder has lost faith in science?
Maybe not altogether but Sabine Hossenfelder sure sounds unhappy. She asks in her vid intro: “Why do particle physicists constantly make wrong predictions?
At Big Think: Big Bang cosmology is becoming “a confusing tale” but relax…
Incidentally, high science never liked the Big Bang because of its theistic implications. But if a void replaces an unpopular theory, high science won’t like that either. Stay tuned.
Physicists: Our universe might not be special, merely “probable”
With – in the real world – only one actual universe to go on, how do we determine what is “probable”?
At Mind Matters News: Nobelist Roger Penrose talks about his impossible triangle
Penrose attempts a minimalist position when defending the reality of both mathematics and the mind in a world where many believe that only the physical exists.
At Mind Matters News: A physicist rejects the idea that we live in a sim universe
Marcelo Gleiser worries that the claim that we are simulated beings with no free will reduces our ability to tackle the problems humanity faces.
Sabine Hossenfelder on an anomaly that no one seems to be investigating
Is the Standard Model of cosmology wrong?
At Big Think: The 4 fundamental meanings of “nothing” in science
Evidence from cosmological observations, coupled with Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and research into the physics of the singularity out of which the universe began most strongly argues that matter and energy, space and time all came into existence from a true nothingness.