Monday, February 22, 2010

The Non-unique Universe

"Against the palpably sophistical proofs of Leibniz that this is the best of all possible worlds, we may even oppose seriously and honestly the proof that it is the worst of all possible worlds. For possible means not what we may picture in our imagination, but what can actually exist and last. Now this world is arranged as it had to be if it were to be capable of continuing with great difficulty to exist; if it were a little worse, it would be no longer capable of continuing to exist. Consequently, since a worse world could not continue to exist, it is absolutely impossible; and so this world itself is the worst of all possible worlds." (Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation).

Last June, McCabism featured a couple of posts on Mathematical logic and Multiverses, and Theories of Everything and Godel's theorem. These posts inspired the submission of a paper, The Non-Unique Universe, to Foundations of Physics, which has just been accepted for publication.

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