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Christopher Gregory Weaver
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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I argue that the Carroll-Chen cosmogonic model does not provide a plausible scientific explanation of the past hypothesis (the thesis that our universe began in an extremely low-entropy state). I suggest that this counts as a welcomed result for those who adopt a Mill-Ramsey-Lewis best systems account of laws and maintain that the past hypothesis is a brute fact that is a non-dynamical law.
Keywords Past Hypothesis  Low Entropy Problem  Cosmology  Scientific Explanation  Laws of Nature
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