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http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0610051

Alexander Vilenkin

4 pages

"The rate of black hole formation can be increased by increasing the value of the cosmological constant. This falsifies Smolin's conjecture that the values of all constants of nature are adjusted to maximize black hole production."

what do you think? did he succeed?

his argument involves black holes coming into existence by a "quantum fluctuation"

at one point he invokes SOLAR MASS black holes coming into existence by quantum fluctuation

I think it's great that folks like Vilenkin (prominent, Hawking-co-author etc) are sufficiently uncomfortable about CNS that one of them should try to argue it away. And also I appreciate the great lengths and effort that Vilenkin went to in the attempt.

It is all to the good. Also will force Smolin to be more specific about the "rate of black hole formation", which was always left a bit vague IIRC

**On cosmic natural selection**Alexander Vilenkin

4 pages

"The rate of black hole formation can be increased by increasing the value of the cosmological constant. This falsifies Smolin's conjecture that the values of all constants of nature are adjusted to maximize black hole production."

what do you think? did he succeed?

his argument involves black holes coming into existence by a "quantum fluctuation"

at one point he invokes SOLAR MASS black holes coming into existence by quantum fluctuation

I think it's great that folks like Vilenkin (prominent, Hawking-co-author etc) are sufficiently uncomfortable about CNS that one of them should try to argue it away. And also I appreciate the great lengths and effort that Vilenkin went to in the attempt.

It is all to the good. Also will force Smolin to be more specific about the "rate of black hole formation", which was always left a bit vague IIRC

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