anthropic principle

anthropic principle
noun Date: 1974 either of two principles in cosmology: a. conditions that are observed in the universe must allow the observer to exist — called also weak anthropic principle b. the universe must have properties that make inevitable the existence of intelligent life — called also strong anthropic principle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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