We examine recent claims of a large set of flux compactification solutions of string theory. We conclude that the arguments for AdS solutions are plausible. The analysis of meta-stable dS solutions inevitably leads to situations where long distance effective field theory breaks down. We then examine whether these solutions are likely to lead to a description of the real world. We conclude that one must invoke a version of the anthropic principle which insists on carbon based life forms. We explain why it is likely that this leads to a prediction of low energy supersymmetry breaking, but that many features of anthropically selected flux compactifications are likely to disagree with experiment.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Superstring Vacua
- Superstrings and Heterotic Strings