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Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP)
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- Definition (Barrow & Tipler): The observed values of all physical and cosmological quantities are not all equally probable, but take on values restricted by the requirement that there exist sites where carbon-based life can evolve and by the requirement that the universe is old enough for it to have already done so.
- In brief, we assert, using the WAP, that the world had to have the fruitfulness and complexity we observe, otherwise we would not be here to observe it.
- It may be diluting the meaning of the term "explanation" to treat the WAP as such, at least without running the risk of circularity. It is more of an explanation.
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