From: Phillip Huggan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 05 2006 - 21:03:57 MST
Agreed. Tipler is misusing his own Anthropics again. Anthropic reasoning (cosmological deductions based upon the known existence of consciousness), is useful in forums where there is really no other successful strategy to attain knowledge. Here, we have particle accelerators and a whole lotta GUT/TOE candidates among other info sources. Anthropics does not belong here.
Mitchell Porter <email@example.com> wrote: My point is that the consistency to which Tipler is appealing may once again
be the consistency of his peculiar physical theology, and not of quantum
field theory as such - although the point of his apologetics is to argue
that the two things are the same, that the latter logically implies the
former. More bluntly: his basic reason for believing that sphaleron-powered
"materialization technology" is possible under terrestrial conditions, may
be nothing more than that the Christian gospels also took place at room
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