Just a holding post for now – need time to come back and build on thoughts.

Natalie Wolchover article *Is Nature Natural* at Simons Foundation.

And an io9 piece reviewing it here.

Wilful prejudiced rejection of any Anthropic mentions. When will these scientists listen to themselves.

“Multiverses might not make sense,

but I’m sure we could do the math.”

Or in the words of Michael Frayn’s *Copenhagen*:

BohrI said wave mechanics and matrix mechanics

were simply alternative tools.

HeisenbergSomething you’re always accusing me of.

‘If it works it works.’ Never mind what it means.

BohrOf course I mind what it means.

HeisenbergWhat it means in language.

BohrIn plain language, yes.

HeisenbergWhat something means

is what it means in mathematics.

BohrYou think that so long as the mathematics works out,

the sense doesn’t matter.

HeisenbergMathematics is sense! That’s what sense is!

BohrBut in the end, in the end, remember,

we have to be able to explain it …

The word nature – how can the *nature* of our (or any other) universe not be natural. This is just word games. The fact is the standard (Copenhagen quantum interpretation) model universe is unnatural, unreasonable – not true or real – if it gives us a model that is arbitrarily nonsensical. Sense matters.

The maths is all well and good (if correct) but there still has to be a *reasonable ontology *of what exists (*be-ables* in John Bell’s terms) – see also these pieces:

Tim Maudlin : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fxRTtOQI60

Lee Smolin : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QIJtICy-vE

Hat tip to David Morey for all three links on Facebook and MD. Man, Einstein was right – when it comes to scientists

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by the age of eighteen.”

Hat tip to David Gurteen for reminding of the Einstein quote (again).

[*Interesting that the Simons Foundation – as well as Maths, Physical & Life Sciences scopes also covers Autism. Part of the problem with scientism*.]

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