In “Templeton Millions” (Not Even Wrong, March 16, 2012), Peter Woit, a multiverse skeptic, discusses the latest forays in Templeton funding of exploring the multiverse.
The Templeton Foundation has just announced a plan to honor the centenary of the birth of Sir John Templeton by giving $5.6 million dollars to physicists and astronomers willing to work on four “Big Questions” of a philosophical sort about cosmology. The multiverse is of course one of them. This program will be run out of the University of Chicago and led by astronomer Donald York, who surely was chosen for this partly because he’s an evangelical Christian:
Maybe. Maybe not. But is Templeton the new NASA?
In that case, we don’t go out and explore any more; we stay home and theorize?
Woit thinks universities listen to Templeton because “public funding is drying up”:
At least in physics, some of those who can usually be counted on to do battle with the forces of religion have gone quiet. See for example Sean Carroll’s posting about this recent funding, where he discourages commenters from criticizing the source of this money, since it’s being spent on something he approves of.
Seems to me that people in this field need to start seriously talking about the implications of this large new funding stream and its source, not suppressing such discussion.
Woit seems to think that the big problem is that Templeton is “religious.” Actually, “religious” as such doesn’t matter. In this case, Templeton is helping a bunch of people upend themselves into a huge tank of madness, and call it science.
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