The Anthropic Principle: The Conditions for the Existence of Mankind in the Universe
Venice Conference on Cosmology and Philosophy 1988, Venice Conference on Cosmology and Philosophy (2nd : 1988)
Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 1993 - Science - 181 pages
The questions that were purely in the realms of philosophy are now beginning to be answered by science. The second Venice Conference on Cosmology and Philosophy explores the anthropic principle which states that the Universe has the conditions we observe because we are here. Out of all possible universes we can only experience the restricted class that permits observers. This realization has profound implications for cosmology, philosophy and theology; all of which are explored in this book by thirteen contributors who gathered to discuss and share their theories within the context of science. The result is a unique collection of papers of great value to professional astronomers and philosophers interested in the role of observers in the Universe.
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Anthropic principle and ancient science
laws and environments
The anthropic selection principle and the ultraDarwinian synthesis
The growth of complexity in an expanding Universe
From the anthropic principle to the subject principle
a critical view
Metaphysical outlooks in physics and the anthropic principle
Some theological reflections on the anthropic principle
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