Favorite Explanation of the Inexplicable
"There's a concept in physics called the fine-tuning problem. Imagine the universe has adjustable knobs: It, and we, can only exist if the knobs are adjusted perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, that it seems improbable, uncanny, that we should exist—and yet we do. To grapple with this paradox, physicists developed the anthropic principle, which says it's not uncanny that we exist in this universe, because there are other universes out there, too, some in which we could exist and some in which we couldn't. In July I was on a pop culture and science podcast with 30 Rock's Scott Adsit, who summed up the idea beautifully: 'In an infinite universe,' he said, 'there is no fiction.' In other words, our theory of a finely tuned universe isn't false or fictional, or even improbable, if only some of the universes out there support life—because of course we'd only find ourselves in one that does. After he said that, I couldn't speak. It was just so perfect."
—Kyle Cranmer, PhD, Part of the worldwide research team that discovered the Higgs Boson particle