RE: Infinite universe

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Apr 27 2003 - 16:37:52 MDT

> > It seems to me that it's a
> > contradiction in terms. If the existence of universe U is a testable
> > hypothesis, then testing the hypothesis will yield a result
> that will have
> > an effect in our universe
> Your reasoning there is flawed. The impact on our universe is entirely
> caused by items within our universe interacting -- such as scientists
> and the WMAP satellite interacting with information about the thermal
> fluctuations in the cosmic background radiation. The fact that this
> can confirm or falsify a flat geometry for our universe does not mean
> we're getting information out of other universes.

I agree that empirical observations can confirm or falsify a flat geometry
for our universe, but I'm not sure why the flatness (or otherwise) of our
universe necessarily implies the existence of a bunch of other universes.
Which was the point I was discussing. Are we addressing different points,
or what?

ben g

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