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karlrand comments on [LINK] Fate of our meta-stable Universe: killed by a vacuum bubble? - Less Wrong Discussion

0 Post author: shminux 19 February 2013 10:29PM

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Comment author: karlrand 21 February 2013 12:22:52PM 0 points [-]

"Why do we live in a universe that's just on the edge of stability?" Because the form of life we represent can only exist in such a universe? Because ( excuse me hinting at something potentialy theological) the 'Creator' of our universe finds such realms more interesting than others? On a more serious note why should we reject any proposition simply because it 'runs against the theoretical trend of the past forty years,'

Comment author: shminux 21 February 2013 07:05:48PM 0 points [-]

why should we reject any proposition simply because it 'runs against the theoretical trend of the past forty years,

Not sure what you mean by this. The only test of a proposition is an experimental one, though an apriori likelihood certainly depends on how well it matches existing tested models.

Comment author: karlrand 22 February 2013 10:03:20AM 0 points [-]

Simply that a truth value being attached to a theoretical trend because 'it's been running for the past forty years' strikes me as mere subjectivism. As to ''matching existing tested models' consider the vast number of events taking place during, say, a cyclotron collision at CERN. There are so many only a small proportion can be detected and recorded. This engenders the creation of specific software aimed at detecting a limited range of anticipated events. Self fulfilling profacy could be one result.