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A new fine-tuning argument for the multiverse

Friederich, Simon (2019) A new fine-tuning argument for the multiverse. Foundations of Physics, 49. pp. 1011-1021. ISSN 0015-9018

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This paper has two aims. First, it points out a crucial difference between the standard argument from fine-tuning for the multiverse and paradigmatic instances of anthropic reasoning. The former treats the life-friendliness of our universe as the evidence whose impact is assessed, whereas the latter treat the life-friendliness of our universe as background information. Second, the paper develops a new fine-tuning argument for the multiverse which, unlike the old one, parallels the structure of paradigmatic instances of anthropic reasoning. The main advantage of the new argument is that it is not susceptible to the inverse gambler’s fallacy charge.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Friederich, Simonemail@simonfriederich.eu0000-0003-4372-5995
Keywords: fine-tuning, multiverse, anthropic reasoning
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Depositing User: Dr. Simon Friederich
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2020 10:53
Item ID: 16783
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Physics
Publisher: Springer
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10701-019-00246-2
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
General Issues > Evidence
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Date: 20 March 2019
Page Range: pp. 1011-1021
Volume: 49
ISSN: 0015-9018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16783

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