anthropic principle

noun

Definition of anthropic principle

: either of two principles in cosmology:
a : conditions that are observed in the universe must allow the observer to exist

called also weak anthropic principle

b : the universe must have properties that make inevitable the existence of intelligent life

called also strong anthropic principle

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Neither does the multiverse concept or the anthropic principle, which purport to explain why our particular universe has certain physical parameters. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Waiting for the Revolution," 24 May 2013

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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