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Christian Tractatus

Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP)

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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