A WhyIsThereAnything conference was held at Yale Oct. 2011. I watched all 15-ish hours of video of the conference (http://whyisthereanything.org/pictures-and-video).
It wasn't until about hour 13 that anybody mentioned the Parfit Selector!! (it's anything that increases the likelihood that our universe exists). Can you believe that?? They should have STARTED with it and related notions, and gone on from there.
What they did borders on the unethical. That kind of thing makes me crazy.
Rutgers has a What There Is and Why There Is Anything group (http://philocosmology.rutgers.edu/our-blog).
The fact of the matter is readers of this blog are ahead of researchers in both the conference and the group in certain areas. See previous posts.