Does possibility constitute evidence for existence?
|October 18, 2007||Posted by DLH under Intelligent Design|
“Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as “one of the most important developments in the history of science.” . . .” The Oxford team, led by Dr David Deutsch, showed mathematically that the bush-like branching structure created by the universe splitting into parallel versions of itself can explain the probabilistic nature of quantum outcomes.” © Copyright Press Association Ltd 2007, All Rights Reserved.
The reporter authoritatively declares that possibility of quantum outcomes as interpreted by Deutsch is evidence that parallel universes “exist”.
The Sci.Physics.Research blog about David Deutsch on parallel universes appears more restrained, (may I say “skeptical”?), unable to locate a published paper etc. “You can only show that something exists through experiment, not through a mathematical construction. So you cannot say “parallel universes exist”.” What Deutsch actually says may be seen at Deutsch’s current home page and his old web site.
The media’s treatment of this “major” discovery in science appears to parallel development of the theory of evolution where the possibility of its existence appears closely related to the declaration of obvious facts of its veracity.
Is the evidence for evolution now actually as strong as that for parallel universes?