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1. Of or relating to humans or the era of human life.
2. Concerned primarily with humans; anthropocentric.

[Greek anthrōpikos, from anthrōpos, human being.]
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(ænˈθrɒpɪk) or


of or relating to human beings
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(ænˈθrɒp ɪk)

also an•throp′i•cal,

of or pertaining to human beings or their span of existence on earth.
[1795–1805; < Greek anthrōpikós human. See anthropo-, -ic]
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Polkinghorne, who accepts creation, argues that the only alternative to the anthropic principle is a vast infinity of worlds of which this improbable one is at the edge of probability.
He trots out the standard cliches of the field--the anthropic principle, non-locality in quantum mechanics, the intractability of the mind/body problem--but contributes nothing new or insightful.
Furthermore, even if one assumes that anthropic coincidences in modern cosmology are indications of the special status of humanity and that the rest of the universe serves as a ground for the development of human beings, one can still infer the presence of purpose in the whole universe.
Gordon Kane looks at some of the "anthropic" questions that people have been asking, in particular the idea that somehow the fact that we are here observing the universe means that it was designed to result in our existence, with the implication that some being or thing had to do the designing.
The proposal for a Decision will replace Council Decision 93/389/EEC regarding a monitoring mechanism for CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases in the Community, which established a mechanism aimed at monitoring anthropic greenhouse gas emissions and evaluating progress with a view to respecting the commitments undertaken as part of the Kyoto Protocol.
According to Glynn, this all amounts to a momentous scientific discovery, one that goes by the name "the anthropic principle." This term was introduced by cosmologist Brandon Carter at a conference in 1973, but according to Glynn, Carter presented the idea "in an unfortunately technical and roundabout way," such that its full implications were slow to be recognized.
Part 4 discusses various interpretations of coincidences in the universe that have led to an anthropic principle.
It is divided into fifteen short but meaty chapters that portray contemporary understandings of nature, the origin of the cosmos, evolution, the much-debated "anthropic principle" (the view that the evolution of intelligence was inevitable given physical laws), the environment, new technologies in medicine, artificial intelligence, and, surprisingly, religious themes in science fiction.
The underlying question is whether the capacity of soil to bind carbon, and thus keep it out of the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming, can be enhanced by anthropic intervention involving recommended land use and soil/crop management.
Susskind's idea, known as the anthropic principle, states that the universe is uniquely structured to allow for the presence of intelligent life.
Indeed, that is the scientific content of the Anthropic Principle.