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The exoplanets analogy to the Multiverse

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The exoplanets analogy to the Multiverse

The idea of a Mutiverse is controversial, although it is a natural possible solution to particle physics and cosmological fine-tuning problems (FTPs). Here I explore the analogy between the Multiverse proposal and the proposal that there exist an infinite number of stellar systems with planets in a flat Universe, the Multiplanetverse. Although the measure problem is present in this scenario, the idea of a Multiplanetverse has predictive power, even in the absence of direct evidence for exoplanets that appeared since the 90s. We argue that the fine-tuning of Earth to life (and not only the fine-tuning of life to Earth) could predict with certainty the existence of exoplanets decades or even centuries before that direct evidence. Several other predictions can be made by studying only the Earth and the Sun, without any information about stars. The analogy also shows that theories that defend that the Earth is the unique existing planet and that, at the same time, is fine-tuned to life by pure chance (or pure physical necessity from a parameter free Theory of Everything) are misguided, and alike opinions about our Universe are similarly delusional.

Comments: 9 pages, 1 figure
Subjects: General Physics (physics.gen-ph); History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:1506.08060 [physics.gen-ph]
(or arXiv:1506.08060v1 [physics.gen-ph] for this version)

Submission history

From: Osame Kinouchi [view email]
[v1] Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:42:12 GMT (566kb)

 

Multiverso com ferramenta matemática preditiva

mUltiverseMe parece que a ideia de Multiverso está ficando cada vez mais relevante e preditiva. Já a ideia de explicar fine tuning no universo usando ideias físicas convencionais (simetrias etc) parece estar num beco sem saída, nenhum avanço foi obtido há décadas.

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High Energy Physics – Phenomenology

Radiative PQ Breaking and the Higgs Boson Mass

The small and negative value of the Standard Model Higgs quartic coupling at high scales can be understood in terms of anthropic selection on a landscape where large and negative values are favored: most universes have a very short-lived electroweak vacuum and typical observers are in universes close to the corresponding metastability boundary. We provide a simple example of such a landscape with a Peccei-Quinn symmetry breaking scale generated through dimensional transmutation and supersymmetry softly broken at an intermediate scale. Large and negative contributions to the Higgs quartic are typically generated on integrating out the saxion field. Cancellations among these contributions are forced by the anthropic requirement of a sufficiently long-lived electroweak vacuum, determining the multiverse distribution for the Higgs quartic in a similar way to that of the cosmological constant. This leads to a statistical prediction of the Higgs boson mass that, for a wide range of parameters, yields the observed value within the 1σ statistical uncertainty of 5 GeV originating from the multiverse distribution. The strong CP problem is solved and single-component axion dark matter is predicted, with an abundance that can be understood from environmental selection. A more general setting for the Higgs mass prediction is discussed.

Comments: 30 pages, 10 figures
Subjects: High Energy Physics – Phenomenology (hep-ph)
Cite as: arXiv:1502.06963 [hep-ph]
(or arXiv:1502.06963v1 [hep-ph] for this version)

Range dinâmico olfatório

Figure 1 Ca2+ imaging shows that each pheromone component activates a single glomerulus in the MGC.

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Heterogeneity and Convergence of Olfactory First-Order Neurons Account for the High Speed and Sensitivity of Second-Order Neurons

 

  • Jean-Pierre Rospars mail,
  • Alexandre Grémiaux,
  • David Jarriault,
  • Antoine Chaffiol,
  • Christelle Monsempes,
  • Nina Deisig,
  • Sylvia Anton,
  • Philippe Lucas,
  • Dominique Martinez
  • Published: December 04, 2014
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003975

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Paper novo nas mãos dos referees do PRL

Self-Organized Criticality and Neuronal Avalanches in SIRS Networks with Depressing Synapses

Neuronal networks can present activity described by power-law distributed avalanches presumed to be a signature of a critical state. Here we study a random-neighbor network of excitable (SIRS) cellular automata coupled by dynamical (depressing) synapses that exhibits bona ?de self-organized criticality (SOC) even with dissipative bulk dynamics. This occurs because in the stationary regime the model is conservative on average and in the thermodynamic limit the probability distribution for the global branching ratio converges to a delta-function centered at its critical value. Analytical results show perfect agreement with annealed simulations of the model and enable us to study the emergence of SOC as a function of the parametric derivatives of the stationary branching ratio.

Comments: 4 pages, 5 figures
Subjects: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems (nlin.AO); Statistical Mechanics (cond-mat.stat-mech)
Cite as: arXiv:1405.7740 [nlin.AO]
(or arXiv:1405.7740v1 [nlin.AO] for this version)