A friend wrote to ask about an Ethan Siegel piece from Forbes (2017) that is getting recycled through Medium: “The Multiverse Is Inevitable, And We’re Living In It: If you thought all we could see is all that’s out there, prepare to rethink everything you knew.”
Yeah. Right. Out there is Out There to the Power of Infinity. And all the universes are “causally disconnected from one another.” If they are causally disconnected, who dare ask for evidence that the multiverse theory is true? The money shot is that the multiverse can be used to falsify otherwise entirely rational assumptions about our own universe. Hence its allure.
Bechly, to whom the question was put, turns on the cold water:
Well, this is pretty much standard inflationary cosmology. What the author does not mention is two little problems with it, of which one has been called the biggest crisis of modern cosmology by cosmologist Max Tegmark:
1.) the measure problem: how to partition an infinite multiverse so to arrive at the finite probabilities we observe and require (e.g. for quantum mechanics) because in an infinite multiverse everything that can happen happens an infinite (with the same cardinality) number of times.
2.) this also implies that Boltzmann brains and other freak observers (generated by random vacuum fluctuations) outnumber normal observers. Based on the Copernican principle we should not expect to be special, thus we should be Boltzmann brains. But since the vast majority of Boltzmann brains would no experience consistent memories and observations, we are obviously not Boltzmann brains.
In summary: eternal inflation undermines any rational discourse and thus science itself. It is also empirically refuted by our continuous consistent experiences. There must be something wrong with it. Why was it invented? To get rid of the incredible knife-edge finetuning of the initial conditions of the Big Bang, that would have implied a creator. Eternal inflation is an artifact of methodological naturalism, and funny thing is: it is self-refuting and also takes naturalism with it into the abyss.
The abyss must feel like welcoming arms for post-modernists.
See also: Gunter Bechly: New Human Find In The Philippines = New Headache For Darwinism
Gunter Bechly: Ediacaran Fossil Paper Is “Junk Science”
See also: Researchers: Dickinsonia (571–541 mya) could have had a mouth and guts Associate Professor Jochen Brocks commented, “These fossils comprise our best window into earliest animal evolution and are the key to understanding our own deep origins.” Yes, in the sense that sudden emergence rather than a long, slow Darwinian process seems more likely all the time.
Gunter Bechly: Dickinsonia Is NOT Likely An Animal (September 2018)
Cosmic inflation theory loses hangups about the scientific method
What becomes of science when the evidence does not matter?
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