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Do we live in the best possible world ?

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Do We Live in the Best of All Possible Worlds? 

Thomas Naumann : Do We Live in the Best of All Possible Worlds? The Fine-Tuning of the Constants of Nature : 1 August 2017
 “this supreme wisdom, united to a goodness that is no less infinite, cannot but have chosen the best . . . if there were not the best among all possible worlds, God would not have produced any ... there is an infinitude of possible worlds among which God must have chosen the best, since he does nothing without acting in accordance with supreme reason ...”

. If any of several fundamental physical constants were only slightly different, the Universe would be unlikely to lead to the formation of nuclear, atomic, or cosmic structures which allow for chemical elements, stellar burning, and finally, life.

“What if we change some of the constants of Nature?”, proceeding from the most general to more specific constants: 

- the dimensionality of the Universe 
- symmetries: the matter–antimatter asymmetry 
- the cosmic inventory: mean density, Hubble and cosmological constant, curvature 
- coupling constants - What if no Higgs? The masses of weak bosons, quarks, and the electron 

Changing the dimensionality of the Universe or dropping the electroweak symmetry breaking in a world without the Higgs boson are not acts of fine-tuning but of a more fundamental tuning of the laws of Nature. We should also keep in mind that beyond fundamental constants like the strengths of the interactions, constants like those defining the cosmic inventory (such as the Hubble and the cosmological constant) are of environmental nature. 

The Interactions and Their Strengths
The strengths or coupling constants of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions are fundamental parameters of the Standard Model of particle physics. They depend on energy and in Grand Unified Theories converge to a common value. Feynman once commented on the famous value of the fine structure constant α = e2/4π = 1/137 of quantum electrodynamics: “There is a most profound and beautiful question associated with the observed coupling constant, e—the amplitude for a real electron to emit or absorb a real photon . . . It’s one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. You might say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number, and ‘we don’t know how He pushed his pencil’. We know what kind of a dance to do experimentally to measure this number very accurately, but we don’t know what kind of dance to do on the computer to make this number come out, without putting it in secretly!”

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