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Sciama’s argument on life in a random universe and distinguishing apples from oranges

Dennis Sciama has argued that the existence of life depends on many quantities—the fundamental constants—so in a random universe life should be highly unlikely. However, without full knowledge of these constants, his argument implies a universe that could appear to be ‘intelligently designed’.

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Fig. 1: A counterintuitive consequence of concentration-of-measure phenomena.


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Wang, ZW., Braunstein, S.L. Sciama’s argument on life in a random universe and distinguishing apples from oranges. Nat Astron 7, 755–756 (2023).

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