Episode 243 - “A Universe Just For Us,” Part 1
August 11, 2015
This week on CenterStage, a University at Buffalo physicist targets an unscientific account of the cosmos.
On April 15th, 2015, the Center for Inquiry – Transnational at Amherst, New York presented a lecture by Will Kinney, titled “A Universe Just for Us.”
The idea that human beings occupy a privileged position in the cosmos is ancient, and persistent. Five centuries after Copernicus wrenched the Earth from the center of the universe, modern cosmology is again returning full-circle to theorize a special role for sentient beings in cosmic structure through the so-called “Anthropic” principle.
In our next two episodes physicist Will Kinney makes the case that this principle is ultimately useless and disturbingly anti-scientific.
Will Kinney is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His research focuses on the physics of the very early universe, including inflationary cosmology, the Cosmic Microwave Background, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy. He has authored more than fifty published research articles.