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Posted June 14, 2013
Wonderful! Anyone interested in cosmology should read this!
Using understandable language and a step-by-step consideration of the relevant aspects of the problem of the origin of the universe, Dr. Smolin explains in detail why a pure mathematical description of the universe cannot suffice to scientifically explain the origins and characteristics of the universe. He shows how the asymmetry of time, which is lacking from current theories of cosmology, is an essential part of moving toward a scientific investigation of the origins of our universe and its distinctive characteristics that seem finely tuned to make it possible to develop life. He eschews reliance on the anthropomorphic principle as being unscientific, and describes a disprovable alternative: an evolutionary model of the generation of universes with a statistical bent toward universes like the one we inhabit, in contrast to a multiverse of randomly different universes that would be unlikely to create a universe like this. In short, I greatly enjoyed reading this book, to the point that I am seriously considering brushing up on my higher math (unused in the last 30 years) in order to be able to read the scientific sources Dr. Smolin cites in this amply-footnoted book.
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Posted May 15, 2013
Is space infinite?
Once again, Smolin has written a book about his metascience of reason, his methodology to find a theory of everything. Smolin creeps ever closer to a fundamental understanding of the way the universe works by dealing with the infinity of time.
Infinite time or infinite space?
Smolin says that consciousness is a mystery beyond any science...although after stating his inability to talk about consciousness, he then proceeds to discuss consciousness in much detail in his epilogue. Consciousness, he notes, is an important part of our universe, but the qualia of consciousness have no science. A sensation of red, in a classic example, is more than the recording of a reflectance spectrum that shows a peak that science agrees is what most people call red.
But is space infinite or not...please, please make up your mind!
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Posted July 9, 2013
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