What are we talking about?
The lives of the multiverse.
As Rubenstein notes in her Introduction, the multiverse, a term coined by William James, has become mainstream. Yet long before twentieth-century cosmology, quantum mechanics, or string theory all came to propose in their own ways different multiverses, and even longer before its adaptations in entertainment, the provocative and startling idea of multiple or parallel universes has had a long pedigree.
The pre- early- and postmodern multiple-world cosmologies. Despite the premature demise of the wayward Dominican Bruno, the seventeenth century witnessed a blossoming of interest in other worlds which was somewhat tempered by Kepler, Descartes, and Newton.
We then leap into the twentieth century and the various reincarnations of the multiverse meditated to us through inflation and string theory run amok and through different cyclical models of the birth and demise of universes Chapter 5. The sundry arguments for and against them; the striking peculiarities of their adherents and detractors.
The arguments for and against the different multiverses come from every which way. The arguments, both for and against, run the gamut from the scientific the empirical, deductive, and speculativeto the aesthetic, to the theological, and even to the existential.
It is as fascinating to witness the entirely sympathetic reactions of some physicists to the more bewildering and admittedly terrifying implications of twentieth-century cosmology as it is to watch some others definitively rule out the existence of any creator.
These brief reports of and looks into the responses, intuitions, and agendas behind the arguments for and against interject a refreshingly human element into the multiverse controversies.
The shifting boundaries of science, philosophy, and religion. Is this play on a doxology merely playful? To whom or to what, for Rubenstein, might sung a hymn be sung? Nancy Frankenberry begins our symposium by boldly tackling the problem of fine-tuning, while Noreen Khawaja asks questions regarding the modern and recent shifts within science and between science and religion detailed in the book.
Oliver Davies returns to the question of the boundaries of science and religion and wonders what resources allowed medieval theologians to anticipate such a lively and enthralling cosmos. Ted Peters directly addresses the question of God in conversations about the multiverse, and ends by noting that more important than knowing whether God exists, is knowing whether God is a gracious God.
A hearty thanks to Mary-Jane Rubenstein for writing such a wonderful book, for her participation, and to our panelists for their thoughtful contributions.
The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning. Cross-reading both together crystallized a question that has long haunted me. Rubenstein and Gleiser offer engaging, overlapping perspectives on this question, which I shall develop in my own way in this brief commentary.
For if there are vast numbers of other universes, perhaps an infinite number, all with different properties, odds are that at least one of them will have the right combination of conditions to bring forth stars, planets, and living things.
As cosmologist Bernard Carr put it: With the image of an Island of Knowledge, he depicts the shores of ignorance expanding as the island of our knowledge grows. The ocean of the unknown feeds on the successes of science. In particular, two fundamental kinds of limits to knowledge constrain our epistemological quests, according to Gleiser.
Our eyes see less than half of the total light that the Sun sends our way; to extend our limited vision, we use scientific tools and we propose theoretical models, some highly speculative, like the multiverse. The instruments have only a finite reach and the theoretical models frequently boil off like so many gases leaking into the imaginary.
The more we see, the more we know there is to see. As every school child knows, when we look out into space, we are looking back at the past, collecting light that left its source millions, even billions, of years ago. Information from any object or region of the cosmos takes time to reach us, and there is an upper limit to that.
If further and further expansion is indeed the trending fate of the universe and space continues to stretch, galaxies we now see may be carried away from us, like raisins on an expanding dough.
A new cosmic horizon would swim into place, beyond which the light of those lost galaxies will no longer reach us. I find this astonishing, humbling, and slightly frightening. Could there be some truths known to us that will not be knowable to our distant descendants, not because all records will be erased, but because unrepeatable, random cosmic conditions will not recur?
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