Nov 7, 2022Liked by Julian Gough

I love this from Mr. Rifkin's post: "If, ultimately, some version of cosmological natural selection is proved true, as I think it will be, it will go well beyond giving the best logical explanation for why our universe's parameters allow for complexity and life."

The question is, however: What would a 'proof' of cosmological natural selection look like? Finch beaks and swimming iguanas notwithstanding, would it mean unimagined/-able quantum particles, chemical elements that would be otherwise impossible in this particular branch of the multiverse, slow or frozen photons? We can't peer inside a black hole's emergent other side to see such a thing. I'm afraid my imagination is too limited to conceive of such a proof. And perhaps that's the philosophical work to be done.

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