Can Laws of Nature Evolve?

by Max Andrews

Given that we live in an evolutionary universe where stars are born from a cosmic dust and the gravitational affects on such dust particles form intense, massive, hot stars and where life can evolve from simplicity to complexity, or so it’s postulated; could the laws of nature evolve as well? It’s an important question. If we say the universe and life evolves does that mean everything can evolve or evolution is only possible with a given consistency of a non-evolutionary framework?

The following are a few questions raised in light of Rupert Sheldrake’s The Science Delusion: Freeing The Spirit Of Enquiry.

The argument that he advances in the chapter involves something he calls ‘habits’, which are “a kind of memory inherent in nature”. (From what I understand, he has also advanced this within a theory of ‘morphic resonance’ in his other published works.) Putting aside his case for these ‘habits’, three questions that he poses to materialists at the end of the chapter caught my eye:

1) If the laws of nature existed before the Big Bang, and governed the Big Bang from its first instant, where were they?

2) If the laws and constants of nature all came into being at the moment of the Big Bang, how does the universe remember them? Where are they ‘imprinted’?

3) How do you know that the laws of nature are fixed and not evolutionary?

Concerning the first question:

1) If the laws of nature existed before the Big Bang, and governed the Big Bang from its first instant, where were they?

There are two facets to this question. The first answer is that the laws of nature did not exist prior to the big bang (in one scenario). In the second scenario the laws do evolve but it is from universe to universe in multiverse scenarios. We would simply need to index the point at which the laws and constants do evolve. They would evolve from universe to universe within the whole landscape of universes as opposed to evolving within a system (single universe).

In the philosophy of science there are two traditional approaches…

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