What Is a Physically Reasonable Space-Time?

Philosophy of Science 78 (3):410-420 (2011)
Abstract
Cosmologists often use certain global properties to exclude "physically unreasonable" cosmological models from serious consideration. But, on what grounds should these properties be regarded as "physically unreasonable" if we cannot rule out, even with a robust type of inductive reasoning, the possibility of the properties obtaining in our own universe?
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John Earman (2002). What Time Reversal Invariance is and Why It Matters. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 16 (3):245 – 264.
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