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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The anthropic principle enables one to see why the coincidence between [t.
The Anthropic Principle can easily be co-opted to shore up the intelligent design arguments.
The origins of order; the anthropic principle and our privileged place in the unfolding of the cosmos.
But after a passage of time, you begin to entertain other possibilities, and the anthropic principle is another possibility.
But going on, Glynn's "evidence" consists of setting up the various conventional arguments against the plausibility of the anthropic principle, the afterlife and the human hunger for the "something more" and then systematically refuting them.
Abraham Zelmanov (1913-1987), a prominent cosmologist, introduced his Anthropic Principle in the 1940's, but it has been published only recently.
So is it Whitrow, then, who deserves credit for first explicitly applying what we now call the anthropic principle to an aspect of modern cosmology?
The book does not advocate any particular religious (or nonreligious) perspective; however, it does address many topics that arise in science-faith discussions, such as the anthropic principle, interpretations of quantum mechanics, the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences, chaos theory, philosophy of science, et cetera.
Science and God: A Naturalistic Examination of Cosmology the Anthropic Principle, and Design Theories" was held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The anthropic principle is overstated by some, says G.
Watson, "On the Anthropic Principle in the Multiverse: Addressing Provability and Tautology" (March 30, 2011): arXiv: 1103.
A delightful concluding chapter savages today's muddleheaded efforts to conflate religion and science: the soul as quantum, the anthropic principle, and more.