Evidence Of Other Universes

When I see things like this, I recall pieces of apologetics like “everything that begins to exist has a cause”, and “the existence of the multiverse is a bigger faith claim than the existence of God”, and they ring empty to me…even if these particular scenarios don’t pan out, that they exist at all is a testament to science over religion…

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/421999/astronomers-find-first-evidence-of-other-universes/

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About brianblais

I am a professor of Science and Technology at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, and a research professor in the Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, Brown University. My research is in computational neuroscience and statistics. I teach physics, meteorology, astonomy, theoretical neuroscience, systems dynamics, artificial intelligence and robotics. My book, "Theory of Cortical Plasticity" (World Scientific, 2004), details a theory of learning and memory in the cortex, and presents the consequences and predictions of the theory. I am an avid python enthusiast, and a Bayesian (a la E. T. Jaynes), and love music.
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6 Responses to Evidence Of Other Universes

  1. Tim says:

    Ohmygosh that was a cool article. I really hope something comes of that CMB evidence. It would be awesome to know that there really are other universes.

    • brianblais says:

      yes definitely cool. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Christians argue that the multiverse is as much a faith claim as God. It’s also impressive how little time it has taken from the first proposal of the multiverse and the first pieces of evidence for it. Now, even if this observation is shown to be wrong (either, there is a more mundane explanation, or the observation of the data itself is incorrect), it does stand as a point against religious “explanations”.

      Of course, if we come to find out there are other universes, then Star Trek takes on a new relevance. 🙂

  2. David says:

    Honestly, as a Christian, I find the multiverse/Many Worlds scenarios deeply faith affirming. Not “fundamentalism” affirming, of course. Those folks can stick to their dioramas of Jesus riding a velociraptor. But I think theistic folk who are open to the deep insights of science into the dynamics of being should welcome this fascinating cosmology.

    • “Deeply faith affirming”? How so?

      I can understand how a person can work any new scientific discoveries into his or her faith. Usually by reinterpreting certain scriptures or doctrines into metaphors or analogies. But that’s hardly the same as “affirming” the faith.

      For me, the discovery that there are other universes — perhaps a very large number of them — would be another big hole in faith’s accounting of things. Another major facet of the way things are that got overlooked by a faith that’s increasingly just not having much to offer.

      • brianblais says:

        Tim, it’s very simple. If there was only one planet, it’d be faith affirming, because that’s what it says in Genesis. If there are many planets, but one solar system, then that too is faith affirming, because that’s pretty much what is in Genesis. If there is one galaxy, the same thing. Infinite universe? No problem, because God is infinite. Finite universe in time, definitely consistent because there had to be a beginning. Multiple universes, also faith affirming, because it reflects the magnitude of God. Essentially, *any* discovery whatsoever can be made consistent and faith affirming.

  3. Tim says:

    Brian, “consistent with faith” is not the same thing (to me) as “affirming faith”.

    For example, the recent discovery of a pillar in Isreal that lends credence to certain Biblical claims about the extent of David’s kingdom is a “faith affirming” discovery, because it directly “affirms” something that I might have had to accept without evidence before.

    The discovery of extra-solar planets is “consistent with faith”. It doesn’t really say anything for or against faith.

    What aspect of the Christian faith would a discovery related to multiverse theory “affirm”. And what’s more, he says it’s “deeply” affirming. I’m curious.

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