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File:A small cup of coffee.JPG Mug’s eye view: From ScienceDaily:

Perimeter Associate Faculty member Matthew Johnson and his colleagues are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis, which to some sounds like a fanciful tale, firmly into the realm of testable science.

Never mind the big bang; in the beginning was the vacuum. The vacuum simmered with energy (variously called dark energy, vacuum energy, the inflation field, or the Higgs field). Like water in a pot, this high energy began to evaporate — bubbles formed.

Each bubble contained another vacuum, whose energy was lower, but still not nothing. This energy drove the bubbles to expand. Inevitably, some bubbles bumped into each other. It’s possible some produced secondary bubbles. Maybe the bubbles were rare and far apart; maybe they were packed close as foam.

But here’s the thing: each of these bubbles was a universe. In this picture, our universe is one bubble in a frothy sea of bubble universes.

That’s the multiverse hypothesis in a bubbly nutshell.

And this guy actually wants to test it? That makes no sense. The multiverse is implicitly believed by airheads everywhere just because it feels so good and sounds so right. What if it flunked tests? The multiverse fans would still believe it. Those of us who favour reality-based thinking wouldn’t really care if it passed or failed. I it failed, that’s just what we thought. If it passed, the scores would be reversed in a different universe. So there is no test that can decide the issue to the satisfaction of all parties. Follow UD News at Twitter!

The way they talk about a vacuum, energy, and the way they portray these things gives the impression that the multiverse would be with limits and definable. But surely the point of a multiverse is that it is essentially infinite? Surely due to the anthropic cosmological (and earthly) principles it must be infinite in order to generate such a unique universe we find ourselves in? And if it is infinite, how could you prove that any more than proof of an infinite transcendent god outside time and space? Finally, it appears that the old steady state theory that materialists so loved (as it went against the idea of a t=0 creative eevent) has simply been transferred from this universe to outside this universe as there is good evidence to falsify such a model within this universe. Dr JDD
So SOME multiverse theories are falsifiable, eh? That means the whole idea is scientific, or so the video claims. I think Groucho Marx said it best: "I have my principles. And if you don't like them, I have OTHER principles!" anthropic
Funny thing is, with all the promoted problems related to climate shift or change, and everything else we are fed that is wrong with the natural world [which I happen to believe, but for different reasons], you'd think that they would be pouring funds into the more important research for mankind's own good, than some crackpot Shaman's vision of other "Possible Worlds". Actually they do have an unofficial Fan Club site: http://www.sliders.net/ . DavidD

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