The Anthropic Principle


This page is a small collection of links on the Anthropic Cosmological Principle, which in its simplest form says, "We're here because we are, so there!"

I now have my own impertinent resumé of the Anthropic Principle.

The Weak Anthropic Principle

This version states that our existence is a brute fact; if the universe were such that intelligence were not possible, we wouldn't be here to remark on it. Hence there is no "need" for God. Many find this most basic version of the anthropic principle quite satisfying; see this article on the Secular Web.

Nick Bostrom's site is devoted to analysis of the anthropic principle as a way of defeating teleology (the idea that the universe has a Purpose).

The Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

This article, by Bruce Reichenbach, is from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Design of the Universe

This educational page at the website of the American Scientific Affiliation provides a number of useful links about the presence or absence of design in the universe at large.

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.
-- Fred Hoyle

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