Check mate. That was fucking hysterical euk. and indeed, Kelvin IS “fucking cold.” I only went out with him once because of his iciness.
euk: Hey isocrat, could you expand on this? “he [Susskind] secularizes the anthropic principle.”
I probably should have worded that differently, he doesn’t secularize it so much as he adheres to the strong anthropic principle that Barrow and Tipler identified as “an ensemble of other different universes [being] necessary for the existence of our universe.”
So basically his interpretation of the anthropic principle props up his notion of a multi-verse, (but he prefers the term megaverse). In his words: “Even if X seems wildly unlikely, a rich enough [cosmic] Landscape with enough valleys may make up for it… the exploration of the Landscape has begun. As we will see, all signs point to an unimaginable diversity of valleys: perhaps more than 10 to the 500th power.”
He writes that some theoretical physicists react violently to the anthropic principle because it “threatens their paradigm.” But, he insists that just because the anthropic principle suggests that our universe appears to be “fine-tuned for life” doesn’t automatically lead to there being a grand cosmic divine hand of a god behind the cosmic curtain.
He also addresses what he calls a “more relevant objection” to it, in that it reduces scientist’s “predictive power[s].” He states that: “Requiring complete predictivity has an emotional basis that has nothing to do with hard facts of planetary science.” In other words, he thinks some physicists are too dogmatic in insisting that for science to be true to its methodology, it must be falsifiable.
And now, I better go work on what I’m supposed to be working on! Peace.