Originally posted by RJHinds
More on Quantum physics
I think he misread the title to Mcluhan's book "the medium is the message'. He Gerold says the medium is the massage.
The basic gist of his argument is the idea our universe is extremely fine tuned to allow life. This is a fact. The only thing he want to show is that makes our universe something special, only could have been made by some intelligence, deliberate so we could exist.
The answer to that is the idea there are many universes. The many universe idea says our universe came about because of luck basically. Other universes may exist where the speed of light is one mile an hour. So some universes, our kind of matter, the whole ball of wax of our universe, including dark matter, dark energy, the expansion speed up 5 billion years ago, that whole deal, is just luck because in the multiverse theory (readily admitted to be theory). He mentions the mulitverse idea but doesn't believe it.
BTW, he talks about time spans of millions of years so he does not believe the universe is 10,000 years old. You picked the wrong horse in your insane desire to destroy evolution.
He understands full well how matter came into being and it does not include being made in 10,000 years. He is a scientist, no doubt, and you have to respect that. Scientists still have agenda's and his is to reconcile religion with science. He talks about Scientific American as THE most respected science journal in the world but that is not so. It might be the most respected POPULIZER of science but they are basically reporters of science and I love that rag but the new stuff is in rags like Nature and others, the magazines where each article is peer reviewed for some accepted view of some science. Scientific American is in the business of selling magazines, unlike Nature which charges an arm and a leg where the subscribers pay the bills. Advertisers pay the bills for Scientific American.
His timeline of the Cambrian explosion is not quite accurate. The Cambrian explosion came about because of the biggest extinction in the history of Earth. When old life forms die off and only 10% lives, it opens up the possibility of new life evolving to fill that former niche of older life and there WAS multicellular life forms before the Cambrian explosion.
His final statement just shows he believes a god made the universe and therefore other universes cannot exist, that god made THIS universe and this universe only.
That of course is another case that cannot be falsified and is therefore not science but religious based believe. The guy is smart no doubt about that but even smart people get deceived all the time. He is no different on that score. The fact he wears a kippah shows his religious conviction in spite of his real world scientific credentials. He has cognitive dissonance big time.
His only real statement about religion is to say god deliberately made our universe and time started 14 billion years ago just like we have shown and he has no problem with that, just the origin of the universe was made by a god.
That by definition, is religion, not science. He explains the science behind the universe rather well, except the part where he thinks only single cell life forms existed before the Cambrian explosion. He may well have made that video before newer data came out about multicellular life before the Cambrian.
You still picked the wrong horse, he KNOWS the universe is 14 odd billion years old not 14 thousand years old. A mere difference of a million to one.