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The ultimate reality

Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp

in The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695270
eISBN:
9780191731945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695270.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Society

Like most religions, Christianity begins with claims about ultimate reality. Although many have tried to invalidate all questions of ultimacy, it turns out to be difficult to dismiss such questions ... More


Many Worlds in Context

Max Tegmark

in Many Worlds?: Everett, Quantum Theory, and Reality

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199560561
eISBN:
9780191721380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560561.003.0023
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses Everett's many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics in the context of other physics disputes and other proposed kinds of parallel universes. It finds that only a small ... More


Mind, Meaning, and Reality: Essays in Philosophy

D. H. Mellor

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199645084
eISBN:
9780191743351
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645084.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The book collects fifteen previously uncollected philosophical works, including a new defence of ‘success semantics’ and an introduction arguing that philosophy needs no special ‘meta-philosophy’. ... More


Concerning Some Philosophical Reasons to Believe in Hyperspace

Hud Hudson

in The Metaphysics of Hyperspace

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199282579
eISBN:
9780191712463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282579.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter contains an extended discussion of two different philosophical (as opposed to physics-based) reasons to believe in the hypothesis of hyperspace. The first examines the phenomenon of ... More


Hyperspace and Theism

Hud Hudson

in The Metaphysics of Hyperspace

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199282579
eISBN:
9780191712463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282579.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

One argument for the non-existence of God says that an essentially omnipotent, essentially omniscient, and essentially perfectly good being must create the best possible world. Since the amount, the ... More


Hyperspace and Christianity

Hud Hudson

in The Metaphysics of Hyperspace

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199282579
eISBN:
9780191712463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282579.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Frequently, Christian doctrines and themes come under fire from some alleged incompatibility between their content and something called ‘our modern worldview’. This chapter takes issue with a number ... More


Godbodied: The Matter of the Latter-day Saints

Stephen H. Webb

in Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199827954
eISBN:
9780199919468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827954.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints has no professional theologians or clergy, so its beliefs are not always easy for outsiders to discern and discuss. The most controversial Mormon ... More


Bayes, God, and the Multiverse

Richard Swinburne

in Probability in the Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199604760
eISBN:
9780191741548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604760.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chapter begins by summarizing how the structure of an argument from the fine-tuning of a single universe to the existence of God can be expressed in terms of Bayes’ theorem. There could however ... More


What's These Worlds Coming To?

Jean-Luc Nancy and Aurélien Barrau

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263332
eISBN:
9780823266326
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263332.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Our contemporary challenge, according to this book, is that a new world has quietly cropped up on us and is, in fact, already here. We no longer live in a world, but in worlds. We do not live in a ... More


Exploring the Universe With a Microscope

Gian Francesco Giudice

in A Zeptospace Odyssey: A Journey into the Physics of the LHC

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199581917
eISBN:
9780191723001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581917.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology

Results from the LHC can expand our knowledge of the early stages of the universe. The connection between the world of particle physics and the structure of our universe is probably one of the most ... More


The Cosmological Case for Intelligent Design

Niall Shanks

in God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195161991
eISBN:
9780199835058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161998.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The cosmological case for intelligent design, the idea that certain anthropic coincidences in the initial conditions of the universe at the big bang are evidence of an intelligent creator, is ... More


Arguments from Order to Design

Herman Philipse

in God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199697533
eISBN:
9780191738470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697533.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to Swinburne’s Bayesian argument from temporal order, the fact that our universe is ordered by relatively simple laws of nature is more probable if God exists than if he does not. If God ... More


The Fall and Hypertime

Hud Hudson

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198712695
eISBN:
9780191781025
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712695.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Frequently, alleged irreconcilable conflicts between science and religion are instead misdescribed battles concerning negotiable philosophical assumptions—conflicts between metaphysics and ... More


The Nature of Contingency: Quantum Physics as Modal Realism

Alastair Wilson

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198846215
eISBN:
9780191881374
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846215.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Contingency is everywhere, but what is it? This book defends a radical new theory of contingency as a physical phenomenon. Drawing on the many-worlds approach to quantum theory and on cutting-edge ... More


Into the Past: A Brief Foreword

Nicholas Freeman

in 1895: Drama, Disaster and Disgrace in Late Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640560
eISBN:
9780748651399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640560.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to serve as a subjective composite of a year that took millions of subtly distinct forms even as clocks and calendars divided it into the ... More


Community archives and the creation of living knowledge

Simon Popple, Daniel H. Mutibwa, and Andrew Prescott

in Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781447341895
eISBN:
9781447341970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Knowledge Management

This chapter describes the community archives and corresponding developments over the course of the 20th century. It tracks the rise of an ‘archival multiverse’, which has transformed the way in ... More


Ascending to the Ultimate Multiverse

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

in Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156622
eISBN:
9780231527422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156622.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses the possible existence of a multiverse, which stemmed from Hugh Everett’s Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics. According to the law of quantum mechanics, a ... More


Primal Emergence

John L. Culliney and David Jones

in The Fractal Self: Science, Philosophy, and the Evolution of Human Cooperation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824866617
eISBN:
9780824875763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824866617.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Since the Big Bang, the universe’s inflation and its aftermath might be called the “creation story” according to science, in which tremendously variegated order and deterministic pattern propagated ... More


Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156622
eISBN:
9780231527422
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156622.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

“Multiverse” cosmologies imagine our universe as just one of a vast number of others. While this idea has captivated philosophy, religion, and literature for millennia, it is now being considered as ... More


The Apex of Nature

Raymond L. Neubauer

in Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231150705
eISBN:
9780231521680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231150705.003.0012
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores some of the philosophical implications of the view that an apex of the evolutionary process is a person. It suggests that stars, planets, and life are “accidents waiting to ... More


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