Complexity Explorer Santa Fe Institute


anthropic principle

The anthropic principle seeks to explain why the constants of the universe are consistently in the very fine band of possibilities in which life – specifically conscious life – could occur. The 'strong' anthropic principle places a purpose to the universe: to host conscious life. The 'weak' anthropic principle instead says that the observations being made by conscious beings are necessarily occurring in the very limited set of universes which are hospitable to life.


Topics
Astrobiology, Philosophy
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