A New Fine-Tuning Argument for the Multiverse

Simon Friederich*

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011–1021
Number of pages11
JournalFoundations of Physics
Volume49
Issue number9
Early online date20-Mar-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2019

Keywords

  • INVERSE GAMBLERS FALLACY
  • ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE
  • MULTIPLE UNIVERSES
  • COSMOLOGY

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