Thursday, September 2, 2010
I continue to find the idea that there are very many universes special pleading, but maybe I will read his new book if it's not too expensive. I certainly don't think it should count in favor of the idea that if there are many universes, the idea that there is a God becomes less compelling. The consequences for theology of your physics should be irrelevant to your physics, I should think. Saying, there must be many universes, because if there aren't, that suggests the universe was created!, just isn't a statement that should cut any ice in a debate among physicists and cosmologists.
Before you take the opposite view, please consider that in a multiverse with an infinite number of universes, there is sure to be one in which you wipe the sleep from your eyes, turn up the hot water and see, there through the steam, that you are in the shower with Hillary Clinton. In one universe she may be in her pants suit, but in another, very much not. Or, if you (don't) prefer, Rush Limbaugh. That is what we are talking about. This is not just some abstruse theoretical debate. I like to think this cannot be the case out of some principle of ethical prohibitedness, sort of the converse of John Leslie's idea of ethical requiredness, which I gather from him is a Spinozan idea. I bet you had no idea cosmology could have such moral urgency.