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Are The Laws Of Physics Unique?

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Posted by Clerk on January 8, 2004 16:45:31 UTC

Forgive me for commenting on a minor part of your post. But I just finished reading the discussion by Susskind, Smolin, etc. on the site. In this discussion the current state of affairs in string physics is reviewed and discussed. From that discussion, it appears that string physics has reached a cunnumdrum where there are hundreds of possible different systems of physics. So string theory has not derived unique set of the laws of physics.

That is a real difficulty according to them because it is then not possible to make a unique prediction of any experimental outcome and therefore it is not possible to test the theory. This state of affairs would seem to be inconsistent with the findings you attribute to Dr. Dick, and I quote from your post:
"In other words, if God creates a consistent world, it must obey the familiar laws of physics."
Now string theory is consistent according to that Edge discussion. Yet it is not unique. So I am puzzled as to how Dr. Dick found uniqueness followed from consistency. Is that his only assumption?


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