anthropic principle


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anthropic principle

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Any of various hypotheses in theoretical physics asserting that human existence and the ability to observe the universe are necessary rather than contingent facts about the universe and must be considered when interpreting or theoretically constraining fundamental physical laws.

anthropic principle

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(Astronomy) astronomy the cosmological theory that the presence of life in the universe limits the ways in which the very early universe could have evolved
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The other theory is what is known as the Anthropic Principle. According to this the universe is, in some unexplained way, exactly right for life to happen, so it did, much in the same way as the deep-sea vents methods as above.
Here are some examples: The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, (1) Universes, (2) The Accidental Universe, (3) The Cosmic Blueprint, (4) Cosmic Coincidences, (5) The Anthropic Principle: Man as the Focal Point of Nature, (6) Universal Constants in Physics, (7) The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the University Just Right for Life?, (8) Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life, (9) The Constants of Nature: The Numbers That Encode the Deepest Secrets of the Universe, (10) Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, (11) Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe, (12) and A Fine Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology.
Books like Stanley Jaki's The Road of Science and the Ways to God (1978), and Robert Spitzer's New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy (2010), spell some of this out, as does Michael Chaberek's Catholicism and Evolution (2015), with attention to intrinsic design and the anthropic principle that seems to be present in the structure of the universe.
This blend of relativism is called since the seventies the (Cosmological) Anthropic Principle and its historical development is well studied.
Due to the improbable compatibility of the physical laws with long-term biological evolution the 'anthropic principle' has been advanced.
* "Do not ask me to explain the anthropic principle."--On an individual with an intellectual disability.
But final causality has become prominent recently with the growing awareness of the anthropic principle, which states that the universe is fine-tuned for life and that were any laws or initial conditions even slightly different, life could not have arisen.
for us, which is called the Anthropic principle, weak (WAP) or strong
While some have argued for an anthropic principle that would render improbable the emergence of life and intelligent life on other planets, Thomas O'Meara argues, based on probability and given the expanse of the universe, that conditions for other habitable planets with advanced beings is quite high, perhaps "one in every four hundred thousand star systems" (10).
Unlike the writings of many passionate advocates and hostile critics of the so-called "anthropic principle," his are all nuanced essays--very much in keeping with Fr.
Attention is also given to the anthropic principle, where a number of fascinating, apparent coincidences about the natural world that have puzzled scientists, philosophers, and theologians alike are discussed.
However, the much feared and loathed anthropic principle can provide an escape from the discomfort.