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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All of these properties would not be possible if the conditions captured in the anthropic principle did not exist, because it is precisely these conditions that impart to water the above properties.
22) "The anthropic principle has hit the limelight because the boundary conditions it places upon the universe are extremely restrictive.
One way to get around the anthropic principle is to theorize that there have been millions of possible universes throughout time, with many different constants and settings in each one ruled by chance, and/or that there are "regions" (bubbles) within our universe containing a variety of constants and settings.
He explains, in a March 1998 interview with Insight, that "the anthropic principle is a major turning point in Western intellectual history - a major, major turning point - because it really marks the end of the modern period when mechanism was triumphant, when the view of the universe as matter and motion was triumphant.
According to American Enterprise Institute scholar Patrick Glynn, in his article "Beyond the Death of God" (1), by measuring such things as gravity, electromagnetism, subatomic particles, and the rate of expansion of the universe in the fractions of a second after the Big Bang, the Anthropic Principle convincingly demonstrates that
In order to make his case, the author needs to do three things: (1) establish the likelihood or credibility of the anthropic principle; (2) show that the anthropic principle entails a teleological view of the universe; and (3) show the connection between this teleological view (stemming from the anthropic principle) and a natural-rights-based ethical theory.
At no time did he use the term anthropic principle, raise the question of a Creator, or give any indication of what his religious beliefs are.
But more recently, believers have appeared to be on stronger ground by relying on what is called the Strong Anthropic Principle (SAP).
He deftly handles such cosmological dimensions as natural selection and chance, the anthropic principle and downward causation, and teleology and randomness with skill and insight.
In this brief letter, originally addressed to Torah scholars, we demonstrate how Zelmanov's Anthropic Principle is consistent with this tradition by analyzing the famous question in philosophy, "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Why do they ignore the anthropic principle, or polystrate fossils?
Susskind's idea, known as the anthropic principle, states that the universe is uniquely structured to allow for the presence of intelligent life.