Are We Witnesses To The ‘Cosmic Coincidence’?

Cosmology has taken on the aspect of religion and philosophy lately. There are various camps of scientists who don’t hold the candle of empirical science up high for all to see. One such camp holds to the theory of the anthropic principle . Basically it means that human beings as observers to events in the Universe actually impose constraints on our observations. Simply put, we only see a Universe that supports our kind of life. Also it means we effect the Universe itself by our observations. With that in mind, here’s part of an article posted in Cosmos Magazine:

Vacuum energy itself acts like a kind of anti-gravity pushing space-time apart. Calculations suggest that only when the density of this vacuum energy is larger than the density of matter in the universe will the expansion of space-time accelerate – but this is what we are currently observing.

The cosmic coincidence is that we are living at precisely the time when vacuum energy is starting to dominate. This drives some experts crazy because statistically, there’s less than a one per cent chance that this would be the case. Why, they ask, is this momentous event happening now, precisely when humans are alive to witness it?

It’s as if someone has just stepped on the accelerator of the universe, claim Charles Lineweaver and Charles Egan, astronomers at the Australian National University in Canberra and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, respectively.

In order to explain this so-called ‘cosmic coincidence’ problem, some scientists have proposed the idea of a ‘multiverse’, where different parts of the universe have different values of the vacuum energy.

The article states further that certain parts of the Universe “…physical laws can differ in different parts of the universe, and that what holds true for our corner of the cosmos might not be applicable in a different part …”

This is a huge boon to the anthropic principle people and possibly to scientists who hold to a belief system of a God or Creator that tweaks the laws of physics from outside of our known observed Universe. But the question I would ask of these scientists and God for that matter is, “Why tweak certain parts of the Universe and not others?”

It is stuff like this that causes more questions than answers. Combining philosophy and cosmology? It’s nothing new, the Sumerians, Egyptians and Mayans did it all the time.

Maybe they knew something we’re just starting to rediscover?

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9 responses

  1. My problem with the anthropic principle is the same I have with the Fermi Paradox; The shear size of the Universe itself and the number of galaxies and star clusters. It’s all too numerous to count!

    So how can puny humans effect such vastness?

    Any takers out there?

  2. If all laws and processes were created by God, it naturally follows that He can control them. Unlike man, who is capable of unleashing natural forces, (such as in nuclear fission) but then immediately loses all or any control over those processes, God can bend and use them to His will.

    To understand all there is to know about everything would be to have the mind of God, and that’s not possible. If you go by the Christian interpretation, mankind is unique in that we are a fallen race, and that, in and of itself, has had an effect on the universe.

    To know God, you must know yourself, and that is what the gospel is about… understanding ourselves, and why we are the way we are. Science cannot analyze the human in the organism, only the organism. There is a leap of faith required to understand deity. Logic doesn’t have an equation for God.

    By the same reasoning, morality is an abstract, and totally alien in a logical equation. But the fact is, we are humans, with emotions that include desire, romance, hatred, envy… these simply are not needed in a cause-to-effect, logical equation for survival. And how, has some have pointed out to me, do these abstracts ‘evolve’ from a logic-driven paradigm? It’s like the theory of something from nothing!

    I can’t explain or prove nuclear fission, but there is a sun up in the sky that has kept me warm for 50 years, and I can deny that it exists all I want to. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s there, explainable or not.

    It is simply there.

  3. That’s the problem scientists and others have with God, creationism, anthropism and other “isms”, “…with a Universe so huge, what makes Mankind so special as to claim that he’s a product and a center of attention of a super-being (or anything construed as) like God?” Most people take that as the height of hubris to claim such status!

    That is the problem I have with belief systems, ancient and their modern varieties. That is not to say something isn’t going on (UFOs, grey aliens, demons, angels, visions, abductions,etc.), there is. And they might be coming from the same source, who’s to say?

    It’s our nature to question and to find out, not just to believe and leave it like that. Some things can be taken on faith, but questions regarding ourselves and the Universe isn’t one of them apparently.

  4. No, the problem is that you are looking at it from a HUMAN perspective, marine! God IS big, but as the scripture says: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” That is the scope of His cognizance! Human reasoning is not His reasoning.

    And what makes humanity so special in all of the universe, is that we are the first to sin, and therefore we are the center of a controversy never before seen, by anyone else in the universe. It’s not just an issue that involves man, it is an issue of whether or not God, Himself, and His law are just! How He deals with us is the focus of all of the other intelligences. Satan made certain accusations against God, and it’s God, NOT humanity, who is on trial.

    God recognizes our (fallen) nature to question things, and He is working with that. We weren’t always that way. That’s what rebellion does to a person! Satan says DO! God says, try this…/ Big difference!

    Yeah, there are some things you can’t take on faith, like human reasoning and promises. The blind faith the sheeple have in the political process, for example! We both know where that’s headed, because we’ve studied history… TRUE history!

    Like everything else, if you put your faith in the flesh, you’ll be disappointed pretty much every time.

  5. As an engineer, there are things that you do that are simply beyond my abilities, and you do them every day without thinking about it. I would just scratch my ass and say, well… it can’t be done, not by me, anyway.

    WE see a barrier. God sees a possibility.

  6. Well I’m not an engineer, just a technician that has to build, fix and calibrate the junk that over-educated meat-heads design. Thanks for giving me a promotion, I think.

    That’s some tinfoil there mister, quite the food for thought. Actually, it’s not much different than living in an ancestor simulation created by post-singular super-beings, or a cosmos made in a laboratory, or any number of things I’ve run across for about a year. Are they all aspects of the same thing? I don’t know. It is said all rivers flow to the ocean (I think I’ve said this before), not just one. You may believe in your scripture and say it’s the truth, but other people have their scriptures and say they’re true also, that’s the crux of it. Even the scientists have their scripture, though they’re loath to say it.

    Astronomers of the post here discovered that certain parts of the observable cosmos appear to behave to a physics that is different than ours and claimed that other parts of the Universe might act differently also. This is profound in my view. Is somebody, or something tinkering with the laws of physics in other parts of the Cosmos? Does this prove God/Creator/Star Maker exists? Is the anthropic principle just an attempt to put human beings in the center of the Universe once again?

    We are all blind men in the room with the elephant trying to grope our way to discovery, or rediscovery if you and people like Michael Cremo say.

    The journey is part of the fun! 8)

  7. All the universe is a stage
    And we are just spectators

    Maybe the answer really is 42
    and we are just asking the wrong questions.

  8. Geez, I hope the universe doesn’t end
    before we build the restaurant at the end of the universe.

  9. Hi Q9, long time no see…er…type…er…y’know what I mean!

    The answer is 42? That sounds as reasonable as anything else I’ve researched.

    BTW, doesn’t the Earth get demolished to make room for a new intergalactic highway going through?

    Figures. We’re just ants!

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