Jason Rosenhouse: Multiverse is a “done deal,” Occam’s razor doesn’t apply
|July 27, 2014||Posted by News under Cosmology, Multiverse|
Well, James Madison mathematician Rosenhouse backs off from his title a bit in the body of his article, but he makes clear that he is attracted to the idea.
Anyway, he says,
One of the more annoying tropes of this topic is the idea that Occam’s Razor militates against the multiverse. This seems entirely wrong to me. It is the people who claim there is only one universe who have some explaining to do. Multiverse proponents are simply saying that whatever created our universe, a quantum fluctuation or whatever, created other universes as well. Given that there is some sort of mechanism that created our universe, why is it parsimonious to assume that the mechanism only operated once?
Which raises a question: If their idea of origins is as unclear as “whatever created our universe,” what basis have they for assuming it happened more than once?
We know it happened once. That’s the only “done deal,” however it happened. Other universes are speculations based on hypotheses.
Prediction: Increasingly, logic will be seen as a covert form of theism.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology) for why Occam’s Razor had to go.
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