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ABSTRACT

1.INTRODUCTION

2.COSMOLOGY AS A SPECIAL CASE FOR SCIENTIFIC REALISM
2.1.Scientific realism, and how cosmology bears on it
2.2.No laws of cosmology? No worries
2.3.Ascertaining the global structure of spacetime?

3.A SMIDGEON OF WHAT WE NOW KNOW
3.1.Four snapshots of the early universe ...
3.2.as viewed by a scientific realist

4.THE VERY EARLY UNIVERSE: INFLATION?
4.1.The idea of an inflationary epoch
4.1.1.An inflationary epoch solves three problems
4.2.What caused the accelerating expansion?
4.2.1.The inflaton field
4.2.2.Connecting the inflaton to the CMB
4.3.A plethora of models

5.CONFIRMING A MULTIVERSE THEORY
5.1.Eternal inflation begets a multiverse
5.2.A proposed scheme
5.2.1.Distinguishing three problems: measure, conditionalization, and typicality
5.2.2.The Srednicki-Hartle proposal: frameworks
5.3.Different frameworks, same prediction

6.ENVOI

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