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Revolutions that made the Earth$
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Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587049.001.0001

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The anthropic Earth

The anthropic Earth

(p.62) (p.63) 5 The anthropic Earth
Revolutions that made the Earth

Tim Lenton

Andrew Watson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the notion that we need to take account of our own existence in thinking about certain problems. This notion lies behind a set of ideas that go under the name of the anthropic principle. There are several versions of the anthropic principle to be found in the literature: for example, an authoritative book on the subject by John Barrow and Frank Tipler defines ‘weak’, ‘strong’ and ‘final’ versions of the Cosmological Anthropic Principle. The chapter invokes the exclusively ‘weak’ anthropic arguments. The weak anthropic principle states simply that the universe, as we see it, must be compatible with our own existence.

Keywords:   existence, anthropic principle, John Barrow, Frank Tipler, Cosmological Anthropic Principle

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