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Ed Lantz
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Hi Karen. Yes, interesting writeup on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine-tuned_Universe):

 

“Physicist Paul Davies has asserted that “There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the Universe is in several respects ‘fine-tuned’ for life”. However, he continues, “the conclusion is not so much that the Universe is fine-tuned for life; rather it is fine-tuned for the building blocks and environments that life requires.” He also states that “‘anthropic‘ reasoning fails to distinguish between minimally biophilic universes, in which life is permitted, but only marginally possible, and optimally biophilic universes, in which life flourishes because biogenesis occurs frequently”.[2] Among scientists who find the evidence persuasive, a variety of natural explanations have been proposed, such as the anthropic principle along with multiple universesGeorge F. R. Ellis observes “that no possible astronomical observations can ever see those other universes. The arguments are indirect at best. And even if the multiverse exists, it leaves the deep mysteries of nature unexplained.”[3]

 

It is interesting that the “intelligent design” theories are all considered religious. This, again, points out the mainstream bias against a naturalistic intelligent universe hypothesis. If we designate a hypothesis as “religious” in nature then, to me, it is the same as saying it is not testable, not naturalistic and cannot be part of the scientific dialog.

 

If we see intelligence as an emergent property of complex computational systems, then intelligence fits the definition of a naturalistic phenomenon. The brain is a complex computational system, and it clearly exhibits intelligence. Neurons (or whatever elements are responsible for computation in the brain) are not the only natural computational elements that we know of. Quantum “qubits” (particles, virtual particles or quasiparticles) are extremely powerful computational elements and are a naturalistic, measurable phenomenon that pervades the universe. This quantum informational domain therefore COULD be host to complex, bounded informational/computational structures. These informational structures would express themselves through small changes in quantum information actualization (wavefront collapse) that would be very difficult (but not impossible) to detect, because these outcomes would still obey expected stochastic properties and would be nearly indistinguishable from random chance. 

 

It’s a speculative notion of course, but if we do not speculate, we will not seek, and if we do not seek, we most certainly will not find. More soon.