APPENDIX Z42: The Goldilocks Dilemma

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The Goldilocks Dilemma
“As we were leaving, a stranger came up to me,
and unassuming, and said, ‘I’ve just written a book
I think you might nd interesting. If I may, I’ll send it to
you.’ I thanked him and some days later the book
It was called Just Six Numbers [© 2001],
and with a
shock of recognition I realized
who the stranger was: Sir
Martin, now Lord, Rees, Astronomer Royal, Master of
Trinity College, Cambridge
and President of the Royal
Society, the world’s oldest and most famous scientic
association. Sir Martin was, in other words,
Britain’s most
distinguished scientist.
The thesis of the book was that there are six
mathematical constants that determine the physical
shape of the universe. Had any one of them been
slightly different, the
universe as we know it would not
exist. Nor would life. It was my rst glimpse into
the new
cosmology and the string of recent discoveries of
improbable our existence actually is. James Le
in his 2009 book Why Us?,
adds to this a slew of new
ndings in neuroscience and genetics to suggest that
are on the brink of a paradigm shift that will
overturn the
scientic materialism of the past two centuries.

The new paradigm must also lead to a renewed
interest in and sympathy for religion in its broadcast
sense, as a means of expressing wonder at the
mysterium tremendum et fascinans’ of the natural
world. It is not the least of the ironies of the
Genetics and the Decade of the Brain that they
vindicated the two main impetuses to religious
– the non-material reality of the human soul and
the beauty and diversity of the living world –
confounding the principle tenets of materialism:
Darwin’s ‘reason for everything’ explains the natural
world and our origins, and that life can be
to the chemical genes, the mind to the physical
(James Le Fanu, Why Us?,
There may be, in other words,
a new synthesis in
the making. It will be very unlike the Greek
world of the medieval scholastics with its emphasis
changelessness and harmony.
Instead it will speak about
the emergence of order,
the distribution of intelligence
and information processing, the nature of self-organizing
complexity, the way
individuals display a collective
intelligence that is a property of groups, not just the
individuals that comprise them, the dynamic of
systems and what leads some to equilibrium, others
chaos. Out of this will emerge new metaphors of
and humanity, ourishing
and completeness.”*
*** Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, pp.75-76

from the author –
As noted in the 2001 Sir Martin Rees book Just Six
Numbers, there are at least 6 cosmological constants,
(and, actually maybe a dozen+) which, if adjusted by
1 decimal point would preclude the cosmos having
among other things, as we know it.
Thus, “life” – and existence – exists at the
“knife-edge” of
the precision of these constants.
By-and-large the scientic community and the
community is
not-quite-sure exactly how to understand this
However, from Summa’s perspective the resolution is
clear. Obvious. The cosmic
order orients itself – and its
crucial/integral cosmological constants – to
inter-related goals of
life, potential and extraordinariation.

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