[SydPhil] Foundations of Physics Seminar, Thursday 6th March: Feraz Azhar on Prediction and Typicality in Multiverse Cosmology

Matt Farr matt.farr at sydney.edu.au
Mon Mar 3 15:59:07 AEDT 2014

The first Sydney Foundations of Physics seminar of the year will be held on Thursday 6th March at 11:30am. Feraz Azhar from the Unit for HPS, University at Sydney will speak about prediction and typicality in multiverse cosmology - details below.

Speaker. Feraz Azhar (Sydney)
Title. “Prediction and typicality in multiverse cosmology.”

Abstract. In the general context of multiverse cosmology, I investigate the efficacy of top-down anthropic reasoning based on the weak anthropic principle. I argue contrary to recent claims that it is not clear one can either dispense with notions of typicality altogether or presume typicality, in comparing resulting probability distributions with observations. I show in a top-down setting related to dark matter, that assumptions about typicality can significantly affect predictions, thereby providing a sense of how errors in reasoning regarding typicality translate to errors in the assessment of predictive power. I argue in favour of the explicit inclusion of a range of typicality measures in schemes invoking anthropic reasoning, with a view to extracting predictions from multiverse scenarios.

Link to article abstract: http://iopscience.iop.org/0264-9381/31/3/035005/article

Time. Thursday 6th March, 11:30-13:00.
Location. Muniment Room S401, Main Quad - A14, University of Sydney.

All are welcome!

Please note that we are seeking speakers for future seminars - any area related to foundational concepts in physics (e.g. space, time, matter, motion, probability, measurement, etc.) is welcome, whether theoretical, philosophical or methodological. If you'd like to give a talk, or know of any future visitors who would like to give a talk, please contact me at matt.farr at sydney.edu.au<mailto:matt.farr at sydney.edu.au>.

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