The author's attitude toward the multiverse hypothesis can best be described as one of

Milo on September 18 at 03:19AM

Two similar descriptions

How do you differentiate between B and C when they are very nearly equal? What kind of evidence should we search for in these type of questions once we have it narrowed down to 2 like B and C?

1 Reply

on September 18 at 10:44PM

Hello @Milo-Hammer,

Most of the information we need for this question can be found in the final paragraph. Let's go through the answer choices, and you will see why B and C are not so similar after all.

Pay attention to lines 47-49. "Do our findings therefore call the concept of the multiverse into question? I do not think this is necessarily the case..."

This line alone eliminates two of our answer choices: A. dismissiveness and B. skepticism. I understand why you found skepticism and open-mindedness to be similar, as they both express uncertainty. However, skepticism has a negative connotation. Calling something into question is almost the exact definition of skepticism, and the author denies doing that.

Let's look at D. advocacy and E. enthusiasm. Both of these words express support for the multiverse theory. The author discusses the origin of this theory, but does not support it outright.

C is the correct answer, and the strongest evidence for it begins on line 50. "Certain models of the birth of the universe would lead us to expect the existence of something like the universe." Here, the author accepts the possibility of the multiverse, but neither supports it nor rejects it. This can best be described as open-mindedness, which makes C the correct answer.