[SydPhil] Fwd: PhySoc Talk - Luke Barnes on fine tuning in cosmology

Matthew Farr matt.farr at sydney.edu.au
Tue May 21 17:33:17 AEST 2013

This might be of interest to philosophers and foundations of physics guys…

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Subject:        PhySoc Talk - Luke Barnes
Date:   Tue, 21 May 2013 13:50:07 +1000
From:   Jason Drury <J.Drury at physics.usyd.edu.au><mailto:J.Drury at physics.usyd.edu.au>
To:     all_users at physics.usyd.edu.au<mailto:all_users at physics.usyd.edu.au>

Hi all,

At 1-2pm tomorrow (Wed. 22nd) Luke Barnes shall be providing a talk on
"Life in a fine-tuned universe" for the PhySoc weekly seminar. This
talk is being held in Lecture Theatre 5 in the Physics Building (A28).
The abstract is included below.

If you would be interested in attending, please come along. As always
there will be free cake!

FB Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/253288451479315/
Physoc FB Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/15006395423/

Yours sincerely,
Jason Drury.


Let's make a new universe. Let's make it slightly different from the
one that we are familiar with. We could change the laws of nature,
just a little bit. We could change how the universe begins, or make it
four-dimensional. In the last 30 years, scientists have discovered
something astounding: the vast majority of these changes are
disastrous. We end up with a universe containing no galaxies, no
stars, no planets, no atoms, no molecules, and most importantly, no
intelligent life-forms wondering what went wrong. This fact is called
the fine-tuning of the universe for life. After explaining the science
of what happens when you change the way our universe works, we will
ask: what does all this mean?

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