“A Universe Just For Us”—a Lecture by Will Kinney
Tonight's event cancelled
due to weather
Will Kinney's presentation, "A Universe Just for Us," (originally scheduled for this evening) will be postponed for a later date. Please join us in December for CEO Ron Lindsay's talk on The Necessity of Secularism, Tom Flynn's presentation on The Trouble With Christmas, and our annual Winster Solstice Celebration. In the meantime, stay warm and safe!
The idea that human beings occupy a privileged position in the cosmos is an ancient, and persistent, notion. Five hundred years after Copernicus wrenched the Earth from the center of the universe and set it free among the stars, modern cosmology is again returning full circle to hypothesize a special role for sentient beings in cosmic structure, through the so-called "Anthropic" cosmological principle. I will present a critical review of the Anthropic multiverse, and explain why I believe such arguments are ultimately useless, as well as disturbingly anti-scientific.
This event will be free for CFI members and students, $5 for general admission.
Will Kinney is a professor in the Department of Physics at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he has been on faculty since 2003. Dr. Kinney received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has worked as a research associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Florida, and Columbia University, and held visiting positions at Yale University, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the University of Chicago. Dr. Kinney's 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, and received the SUNY Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching in 2014.
This event is co-sponsored by Center for Inquiry-Western New York, UB Freethinkers, and UB Pastafarians.