[Marxism] Symmetry in the universe: Physics says you shouldn’t exist. - Slate Magazine

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Tue Sep 3 19:12:56 MDT 2013


interesting article, but Goldberg (here) confuses two different (but
relate-able) ideas: fine tuning and various anthropic cosmological
principles on the one hand, and symmetry principles and the idea of
symmetry breaking on the other.

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine-tuned_Universe
  http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/symmetry-breaking/
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_symmetry_breaking

there are occasional authors sticking their neck out questioning whether
the universe is so finely tuned (in this or that parameter.  

  http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080728/full/news.2008.985.html
 
http://debunkingdenialism.com/2011/11/18/summary-of-victor-stengers-case-against-the-fine-tuning-argument/

which, naturally, is itself critiqued:

 
http://letterstonature.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/no-faith-in-monkeygod-a-fine-tuned-critique-of-victor-stenger-part-2/
   http://arxiv.org/abs/1112.4647

which has been critiqued:

  http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Fallacy/DefendFallacy.pdf

etc.

Goldberg's book on this pair of subjects looks good:

http://books.google.com/books?id=ah5ue_4a7S0C&pg=PT62&lpg=PT62&dq=he+Universe+in+the+Rearview+Mirror:+How+Hidden+Symmetries+Shape+Reality+sean+carroll&source=bl&ots=QuRk9SILTz&sig=7Tvyjbw9hw5xXnDRFbPIaiTpLUo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UD0mUpj0CdOrsQS9woGYDg&ved=0CF4Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=he%20Universe%20in%20the%20Rearview%20Mirror%3A%20How%20Hidden%20Symmetries%20Shape%20Reality%20sean%20carroll&f=false

Les


On 08/30/2013 11:01 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> Long live contingency.
>
> http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/08/symmetry_in_the_universe_physics_says_you_shouldn_t_exist.html
>





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