For much of our existence on Earth, we humans thought of ourselves as a pretty big deal. Then along came science and taught us how utterly insignificant we are. We aren’t the centre of the universe. We aren’t special. We are just a species of ape living on a smallish planet orbiting an unremarkable star in one galaxy among billions in a universe that had been around for 13.8 billion years without us.
Science also teaches us that the laws of physics are ridiculously, almost unbelievably, “fine-tuned” for you and me.
One must log in or subscribe to find out how they straighten it out.
Huh? Isn’t the whole basis of New Scientist’s existence that it isn’t real?
How do I know what they’ll say without having read the article? Well, here’s a hint: someone who subscribed sent me the article that pretended to raise the possibility that the paranormal might be real. But the interview subject was just your everyday market materialist who was certain it would be disproved despite current evidence.
NS, lose the pom poms. Fine tuning is real. Fewer and fewer people care what you think, or you wouldn’t be playing these games around what you think.
Note: I, O’Leary for News, would be sorry to see New Scientist go under. I have consistently got more goofy pop science news from them than from any other source, and we have to laugh now and then.
See also: How we got from here to the multiverse, and the road back to sanity.
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