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Was the universe “made for us”? Sabine Hossenfelder weighs in. Rob Sheldon comments


The question, addressed by theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, is more complicated than it appears at first:

Rob Sheldon “Sabine and I are on the same page — with a total data set of 1, we cannot say anything about statistics or probability of the fine-tuning constants of the observable universe.

What then can we say?

Well, we could say that it was well-designed. But that is exactly the point. To “design” something is to say that “it could have been otherwise,” which presupposes the same probability distribution” we don’t have.”

The fine-tuning argument is much stronger because it simply says that the universe shows considerable evidence of being fine-tuned to allow life to exist, if not specifically “us”:

News, “A theoretical physicist asks, was the universe made for us? She says no” at Mind Matters News

Note: Sabine Hossenfelder often raises very interesting questions:

A theoretical physicist grapples with the math of consciousness Looking at the various theories, she is not very happy.


Can physics prove there is no free will? No, but it can make physicists incoherent when they write about free will. (Michael Egnor)


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