Capability and Readiness: the borderline between physics and metaphysics?

“The multiverse is no longer a model, it is a consequence of our models,” explained Barrau, who recently published an essay for CERN defending the concept.

I added the italics. Fascinating, huh? Way out there on the edge of “hard” scientific knowledge is acknowledgment of the edge of social scientific knowledge. “We first produce the world by symbolic work and then take up residence in the world we have produced” (James Carey, “A Cultural Approach to Communication” p. 16).
I love His Dark Materials, the trilogy by Philip Pullman. I extracted quotes galore from Book I, The Golden Compass, and Book II (The Subtle Knife) “You must play the serpent.” Seems I didn’t get around to posting selected quotes from Book III – ah, still on the “to do” list! 🙂
Should I watch the movie? In another life, perhaps I only see the film and never read the novels! “Your alter ego is simply a prediction of the so-called concordance model of cosmology,” says Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts (in the “stranger” article linked above). A critique of “the simplest known model that is in general agreement with observed phenomena” notes that more is still unknown, or unconfirmed, than is known. Most of the physicists who will engage me in conversation long enough will acknowledge that, as much as seems to be known, we still do not know that something else won’t turn up and change everything. 🙂 Nonetheless, they (like the rest of us humans) work with what we have.

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