The Anthropic Principle as a Humanist God of the Gaps

Lee Smolin makes an interesting observation about String Theorists in “The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next”. He states, “The scenario of many unobserved universes plays the same logical role as the scenario of an intelligent designer. Each provides an untestable hypothesis that, if true, makes something improbable seem quite probable.” In other words, physicists that invoke the anthropic principle to explain our existence, by way of multiverse speculations, are exercising no less faith than Christians who invoke theocentric arguments.

 

 

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