[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 3rd of October in Room 2.320, Hearing Hub: Luke Barnes (Usyd)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Sat Sep 30 14:30:45 AEST 2017

The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Life

Luke Barnes (Usyd)

Date: Tuesday, 3rd of October
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Room 2.320, Hearing Hub*

All welcome

*Note the different venue

Abstract: In physics and cosmology, scientists often talk about a theory being "fine-tuned" if it requires a suspiciously precise, ad hoc assumptions to explain some data. Of particular interest is the fine-tuning of the universe for life, which suggests that our universe's ability to create physical life forms is improbable and in need of explanation by, perhaps, a multiverse. After introducing this idea in the scientific literature, I will consider a philosophical puzzle: how can we understand fine-tuning within a broader picture of the philosophy of science? In particular, does it provide evidence of a "multiverse" of other, different universes?

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

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Adam Hochman
Lecturer in Philosophy & Macquarie University Research Fellow

Department of Philosophy | W6A, Room 733
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Staff Profile | http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_philosophy/staff/adam_hochman/

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Personal Website | adamhochman.com
[Macquarie University]<http://mq.edu.au/>

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