Foundations of Physics 42 (5):615-631 (2012)

Fine-tuning arguments are a frequent find in the literature on quantum field theory. They are based on naturalness—an aesthetic criterion that was given a precise definition in the debates on the Higgs mechanism. We follow the history of such definitions and of their application at the scale of electroweak symmetry breaking. They give rise to a special interpretation of probability, which we call Gedankenfrequency. Finally, we show that the argument from naturalness has been extended to comparing different models of the physics beyond the Standard Model and that naturalness in this case can at best be understood a socio-historic heuristic
Keywords Naturalness  Fine-tuning  Higgs mechanism  Standard model  Falsification  Interpretation of probability  Bayesianism
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-012-9629-9
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