anthropic principle


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 This has led some scientists to invoke what’s called the anthropic principle, which proposes that the laws of physics in our universe were fine-tuned to produce life. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "Dark energy’s weakness may be why supernovae didn’t kill us all," 4 May 2018 Tsvi Piran, an astrophysicist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem who has also speculated about the anthropic principle’s effect on the bounds of dark energy, says some of study’s assumptions are a bit shaky. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "Dark energy’s weakness may be why supernovae didn’t kill us all," 4 May 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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