Ian Ramsey Centre

“Multiverse Cosmologies and the Entanglement of Science and Religion” - MARY JANE RUBENSTEIN

In recent years, an increasing number of astro- and quantum physicists have begun to suggest that, in addition to our universe, there might be an infinite number of others—the hypothetical compendium of which has come to be called ‘the multiverse’. This lecture will briefly introduce different models of the multiverse in order to address its central questions: How did an infinite number of inaccessible universes become a respectable scientific hypothesis? What distinguishes multiverse cosmologies from metaphysics, fiction, mythology, or theology? And can these distinctions hold, or does the emergence of multiverse cosmologies herald a reconfiguration of the very categories of physics, philosophy, and religion?

Mary Jane Rubenstein

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