The Case for Cosmic Pantheism
Einstein, a professed pantheist, wrote that he experienced a “cosmic religious feeling,” a persistent awe at the “sublimity and marvelous order” of the universe. He was not alone.Credit: Internet Archive Aren’t those opposites?” people often ask me, when they discover I study science and religion. As a professor of religious studies, I am particularly drawn […]
The Multiverse of 1686
History:Speculation on multiple universes goes back farther than you might think.
Evil Triumphs in These Multiverses, and God Is Powerless
Philosophy:How scientific cosmology puts a new twist on the problem of evil.
The Multiple Multiverses May Be One and the Same
Physics:If multiverses seem weird, it’s because we need to revamp our notions of time and space.
The Not-So-Fine Tuning of the Universe
Physics:There’s more than one way to build a universe suitable for life.
Even Physicists Find the Multiverse Faintly Disturbing
Physics:It’s not the immensity or inscrutability, but that it reduces physical law to happenstance.
Is It Time to Embrace Unverified Theories?
In the world of modern physics, there is change afoot. Researchers are striving so hard to leap beyond the mostly settled science of the Standard Model that they’re daring to break from one of science’s crucial traditions. In pursuit of a definitive, unifying description of reality, some scientists are arguing that scientific theories may not […]
Where Did Time Come From, and Why Does It Seem to Flow?
ASU Paul Davies has a lot on his mind—or perhaps more accurate to say in his mind. A physicist at Arizona State University, he does research on a wide range of topics, from the abstract fields of theoretical physics and cosmology to the more concrete realm of astrobiology, the study of life in places beyond […]
Splitting Image: The Alternate Realities of the Multiverse
We tend to focus on major decisions as having momentous effects, but what if something as simple as a missed train could change the course of your life? And what if you follow two different paths to see which turned out better? That’s the premise of the 1998 film Sliding Doors, in which Gwyneth Paltrow stars […]