anthropic principle

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anthropic principle

A utilitarian principle that the laws of physics are intended to allow existence of life in the universe or, put differently, the philosophical consideration that observations of the physical universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it.
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Anthropic reasoning within science has the potential to upset these entrenched positions, in that anthropic reasoning accepts that some attributes of our universe appear to be highly improbable, and that science should try to explain this.
Thus, I argue here that whoever takes anthropic reasoning to be scientific will have difficulty maintaining the claim that design, or at least apparent design, is nonscientific.
Anthropic reasoning brings the design argument not only back into physics and cosmology, but even back into biology.
Of course, since we have little idea what these probability functions actually are, we can draw only the conclusions that (1) anthropic reasoning entails the potential that intelligent life might be extremely improbable in a typical "observable" universe such as ours, and that (2) this probability is entangled with the probability distribution for the constants of the universe.
Anthropic Reasoning and Design in Science: Joined at the Hip?
For those who wish to banish the idea of design from science, then, anthropic reasoning is a double-edged sword.