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Just how special is human existence? The answer could lie in multiverse theory

New calculations shed light on one of science’s great puzzles

By Philip Ball  

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/SpeedRunner

New calculations of “model universes” different from our own have shown that our existence might not be as special as has been supposed. According to these results, just published by a team of astrophysicists in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the problem of so-called “dark energy” in our universe becomes more puzzling than we thought. The work juggles with several speculative ideas in cosmology, but goes to the heart of one of the deepest problems in science.

At the centre of the issue is the so-called “fine-tuning…

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