Open Thread 13

Haven’t had one of these for a while. Ask me anything, propose a topic, chat amongst yourselves. Whatever you like.

10 Comments

  1. Rick says

    I think multi-verse theories (as a possible explanation for why this universe is so finely tuned for human life but others may not be necessarily) are irrelevant by definition. In other words, if another universe can influence this one or vice versa it is not another universe, since universe + (something) = the same universe. This includes merely thinking about another universe.
    Just a thought I entertain from time to time.

    Posted March 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
  2. This includes merely thinking about another universe.

    This is merely an assertion. Truth is not assertion and assertion is not proof.

    Posted March 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Rick,

    It seems to me that if multiverse theories are plausible (or if, more strongly, we have good theoretical reasons to be confident that they exist), then they can be conceptually helpful here, even if other parts of the multiverse are completely out of reach.

    Posted March 29, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  4. Rick,

    My first comment was too terse. What I should have said is that the multiverse is an unproven (and possibly unprovable) conjecture, which is called into being by certain speculative cosmological theories. The multiverse may or may not exist, but all I meant to say is that your reasoning against its existence does not qualify as a proof because it also includes an unsupported assertion.

    Posted March 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm | Permalink
  5. JK says

    Oh I don’t know about that Henry. Years ago (many) I became absolutely certain Farrah Fawcett was leaving me messages in her posters.

    I subsequently got proof once I mustered up the courage to write her. Her letter came back in which she replied that she indeed was, the letter from the usps explaining, “Get a life.”

    Posted March 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
  6. JK,

    I got a letter just like that from Natalie Wood.

    Posted March 30, 2016 at 12:53 am | Permalink
  7. colinhutton says

    JK

    And when I was a teenager, even more years ago, I got a letter just like that from god.

    Posted March 30, 2016 at 2:33 am | Permalink
  8. Whitewall says

    colinhutton…did you jot down the post mark?

    Posted March 30, 2016 at 7:10 am | Permalink
  9. colinhutton says

    Whitewall….Heavens above!

    Posted March 30, 2016 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  10. JK says

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/08/source-no-coincidence-romanian-hacker-guccifer-extradited-amid-clinton-probe.html

    Posted April 8, 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink

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