Anthropic Principle – Books & Resources

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Planet_EarthI recently ran across a silly forum online that was discussing the subject: “If you subtract  mankind from the universe, what is left?”

Yeah, a simple answer to that question would be, “less morons and pollution.”  But seriously, that whole debate reminded me of a similar subject, the Anthropic Principle, that I stumbled upon last year.

…Since I’m not very educated on this particular subject, I’ll just create a reference post instead.  Typically, I like to keep my blog posts all original and basically use freestyle writing, but from time to time, I find it necessary to create link pages with excerpts – in the event that the subject matter is worthy and/or interesting enough, even though I don’t have much to say about it, personally.  I think the last time I’ve had to do this on here, was way back when I did the blog post entitled, “Quantum Mechanics & Chaos.”

Anyway, back to the Anthropic Principle subject:

Okay, I’ll provide a brief excerpt from each resource in addition to an active link, below:

1)  “Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP): the observed values of all physical and cosmological quantities are not equally probable but they take on the values restricted by the requirement that there exist sites where carbon-based life can evolve and by the requirement that the Universe be old enough for it to have already done so.  Strong Anthropic Principle (SAP): the Universe must have those properties which allow life to develop within it at some stage in it’s history.”  Read more, here:  http://www.physics.sfsu.edu/~lwilliam/sota/anth/anthropic_principle_index.html

2)  “Anthropic Bias, a book that since its first publication in 2002 has achieved the status of a classic, explores how to reason when you suspect that your evidence is biased by “observation selection effects”— that is, evidence that has been filtered by the precondition that there be some suitably positioned observer to “have” the evidence. This conundrum—sometimes alluded to as “the anthropic principle,” “self-locating belief,” or “indexical information”—turns out to be a surprisingly perplexing and intellectually stimulating challenge, one abounding with important implications for many areas in science and philosophy. ” Read more about this interesting book, here: http://www.anthropic-principle.com/

3)  “The ultimate question here is whether there is or was some special intention or plan for the appearance of humans in the universe, and, if so, was there or is there some intending entity or intelligence or being or “creator” existing “behind” or “over” the universe and the particular qualities that occur within it.  If the universe or cosmos is purely mechanistic, consisting only of matter and physical entities (forces, energy, fields, etc.), then it seems that the answer to that question of an intending entity or intelligence or creator would be “no.” But then what is the source of those closely balanced features that are observed in the existing cosmos—are they just happenstance or fortuitous coincidences? Can coincidence or lucky happenstance be a sufficient answer to this problem?”  Read more about this thought-provoking subject, here:  http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Anthropic_principle

After reading some of these excerpts, it reminded me of a couple semi-related posts I did last year, with the title:  “Ultimate Queries – Creation Theories”  and “4th & 5th Dimensions, Time Travel & Parallel  Universes.” 

Oh, I also found a related quote online, when searching about this particular topic:  “As we look out into the Universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.”  -F. Dyson

 Anyway, back to the resources…

4)  “In astrophysics and cosmology, the anthropic principle is the philosophical argument that observations of the physical Universe must be compatible with the conscious life that observes it. Some proponents of the argument reason that it explains why the Universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe that the fact is unremarkable that the universe’s fundamental constants happen to fall within the narrow range thought to allow life.” Read more from Wikipedia, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropic_principle

Okay, I just provided 4 excellent resources that covers the Anthropic Principle.  If you’re more interested in taking your studies a little further and would like to possibly purchase some books about this subject, I’ll provide a shopping link below, to help hastened your search:

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