March 22nd, 2013
I’ve been waiting for new Planck data to come in for a while now and I’ve been very excited about this. First we had COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) that gave us the first images of the cosmic microwave background radiation approximately 380,000 years after the big bang when light became visible. This discovery led George Smoot and John Mather to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics (2006).
Then we had the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Prove (WMAP) satellite, which provided a much clearer and more defined resolution revealing a much more precise picture of the early universe.
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October 30th, 2011
As many of you know I’ve been in the hospital for five days due to some Crohn’s related problems. I went in last Tuesday with pains that were very similar to my last flare up, which led to me to a major surgery that should have spared me 3-5 years. Anyways, I’m in recovery mode from this most recent flare up though I’m not completely out of the woods yet. I’ll be heading up to UVA in the next few weeks to have a procedure/consultation on how to treat this from here on out due to the still unknown spots on my liver.
I hope to be getting to some more blogging in the next week or so here. I’m halfway finished with my review of Skeptic Magazine’s review of William Lane Craig in their recent issue. Additionally, I’ll be lecturing in the next few weeks on fine-tuning, the multiverse, and the problem of evil. I already have these lectures prepared from earlier lectures but I’ve been reading more papers on the multiverse and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on here. Aside from blogging, I’m a little behind in my research for my epistemology course. I’m hoping to do research on the role of inference in belief formation and belief/paradigm change. I’m also amidst my graduate research on fine-tuning and the multiverse as well as my research in my Thomas Aquinas course on Thomas’ thoughts on creation and time.
More to come later on, again, sorry for the lack of updates and posts.
October 12th, 2011
This is just a memo for everyone out there. As you may know, my research thesis is the fine-tuning argument in light of the multiverse and my suggestion is that the multiverse exponentially strengthens the argument. I’ve traced multiverse scenarios back to the Church Father Origen and Paley (read the second chapter of Natural Theology). It doesn’t seem to be considered as actual until Hugh Everett in the mid twentieth century. If any of you have more information on the historical development I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!