The Mystery of the Multiverse
Sunday, October 23, 2016

What is it

At the foundation of modern theoretical physics lie the equations that define our universe, telling us of its beginnings, evolution, and future. Make even minor adjustments to the fundamental laws of the universe, and life as we know it would not exist. How do we explain this extraordinary fact that our universe is so uniquely fine-tuned for life? Could our universe may be just one of infinitely many in a vast multiverse? Does it make sense to talk about other universes if they can never be detected from this one? Can science ever prove or disprove the multiverse theory? Or does the theory make some testable predictions about our finely-tuned universe? John and Ken multiply their thoughts with George Ellis from the University of Cape Town, author of How Can Physics Underlie the Mind?

Part of our series A Philosophical Guide to the Cosmos.

Get Philosophy Talk

Radio

Sunday at 11am (pacific) on KALW 91.7 FM Local Public Radio, San Francisco

Podcast

Individual downloads via CDBaby and iTunes. Multipacks and The Complete Philosophy Talk via iAamplify

 

George Ellis, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town

Researched By

Or Gozal

Upcoming Shows

21 January 2018

Fractured Identities

Despite tremendous strides made towards civil and political rights in the United States, discrimination and exclusion based on race, class, gender,...

28 January 2018

Frantz Fanon and the Violence of Colonialism

Frantz Fanon is a thinker who has inspired radical liberation movements in places ranging from Palestine to South Africa to the United States. Most...

04 February 2018

Why Propaganda Matters

Governments and other political institutions employ propaganda to sway public opinion, instill ideas, and exert a degree of control over people....