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2,727. The extraordinary thing is not that there are laws but that we can understand them. Why should we be able to understand them? (Universe & Laws of Science & Science & Cosmology & Understand & Anthropic Principle) Dr David Deutsch
2,728. It’s the comprehensibility of the Laws of Physics that makes the Anthropic Principle work. (Universe & Laws of Science & Physics & Anthropic Principle) Dr David Deutsch
2,757. Why is the universe the way it is? Why does it follow rules and laws? Why is there order instead of chaos? (Universe & Cosmology & Laws of Science & Anthropic Principle & Chaos) Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Key to the Cosmos
2,774. It is every one of us that gives meaning to the universe. (Universe & Anthropic Principle) Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Meaning of Life
2,775. The universe is a machine governed by principles or laws – laws that can be understood by the human mind. (Universe & Laws & Anthropic Principle) Stephen Hawking’s Great Design: Did God Create the Universe?
96,084. There are two versions of the anthropic principle, the weak and the strong. The weak anthropic principle states that in a universe that is large or infinite in space and/or time, the conditions necessary for the development of intelligent life will be met only in certain regions that are limited in space and time. The intelligent beings in these regions should therefore not be surprised if they observe that their locality in the universe satisfies the conditions that are necessary for their existence. It is a bit like a rich person living in a wealthy area not seeing any poverty. Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time p137
96,085. A strong version of the principle ... there are either many different universes or many different regions of a single universe, each with its own initial configuration and, perhaps, with its own set of laws of science. In most of these universes the conditions would not be right for the development of complicated organisms; only in the few universes that are like ours would intelligent beings develop and ask the question: ‘why is the universe the way we see it?’ The answer is then simple: if it had been different, we would not be here! ibid. p138
2,780. I do not believe that any physicist who examined the evidence could fail to draw the inference that the laws of nuclear physics have been deliberately designed with regard to the consequences they produce inside stars. (Universe & Cosmology & Nuclear & Laws of Science & Anthropic Principle) Professor Fred Hoyle
2,790. Mathematics seem to permeate Nature ... almost as if God is a master mathematician who has constructed the universe in mathematical forms. (Science & Nature & Mathematics & Astronomy & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) Horizon: A Mathematical Problem, BBC 1984
2,791. This universe we live in: scientists have discovered some remarkably strange things about it. So strange they are having to use the most disturbing principles to describe what’s going on. (Universe & Astronomy & Cosmology & Laws of Science & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) Horizon: The Anthropic Principle, BBC 1987
2,792. The Anthropic Principle: The universe was anthropocentric – the hub of all creation was man. (Universe & Life & Astronomy & Cosmology & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
2,793. Galileo’s masterstroke was to discover that what goes on around us depends on mathematical laws. (Universe & Astronomy & Mathematics & Cosmology & Laws & Anthropic Principle & Galileo & Simulation Theory) ibid.
86,176. In the 1920s physicist Niels Bohr found that Newton’s Laws break down at the atomic level. The replacement Quantum Theory ... showed that the electron orbiting the atomic nucleus doesn’t look like this at all. It’s more smudged out, more like a ripple or a wave. (Quantum Physics & Reality & Observation & Experiment & Electron & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
86,177. We have to record some kind of measurement to know where an electron is. In fact, until we decide to find out where the electron is by doing an experiment to observe it the electron as a material entity cannot be really said to exist. (Quantum Physics & Reality & Observation & Experiment & Electron & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
86,178. That by our acts of observation we bring things into existence, at least in the realm of the very small, is supported by scientific experiment. (Quantum Physics & Reality & Observation & Experiment & Electron & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
86,179. If we bring the tiny world of the Quantum to existence by our observations, do we need any other mechanism to account for the whole of reality? (Quantum Physics & Reality & Observation & Experiment & Electron & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
2,794. So what are we? A statistical accident. Where are we? Nowhere special. Where are we going? Into oblivion. A meaningless hiccup in the blank procession of matter through time. It’s a tatty destiny. (Universe & Astronomy & Cosmology & Meaning of Life & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
2,795. The Anthropic Principle seems well named – forget other intelligences; the universe may well have given rise to man alone. (Universe & Astronomy & Cosmology & Life & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
2,796. Weak Anthropic Principle: A universe remarkably in sympathy with our existence. Strong Anthropic Principle: A universe that gave birth to man. Participatory Anthropic Principle: a universe that man helps to create by his observations and understanding. Final Anthropic Principle: A universe in while life will never die out and where knowledge will increase for ever. (Universe & Astronomy & Cosmology & Life & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
2,968. The laws of physics we know have been fine-tuned in order to keep the cosmos fertile for its own reproduction. (Universe & Physics & Laws & Life & Anthropic Principle) Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s3e3: Is the Universe Alive?
117,994. Our universe certainly seems real. But what if it’s not? We may be nothing more than video game characters designed for someone else’s amusement. But how could a computer juggle every aspect of the cosmos? Maybe what looks random has already been programmed to happen. Can we discover some hidden glitch in the laws of the universe and uncover its hidden code? Do we live in the matrix? (Universe & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s6e4: Do We Live in the Matrix?
117,995. According to Moore’s Law computer processing power will continue to double every two years. As that power increases, so does the realism of virtual reality systems. (Universe & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
117,996. Are we one of many simulated copies? (Universe & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) ibid.
48,765. We physicists ... we hope for very simple laws of nature that will account for everything we see. But when we have them there will always be a question – why those laws? (Physics & Laws & Theory of Everything & Anthropic Principle) Professor Steven Weinberg, interview Professor Richard Dawkins
2,755. There’s every reason to expect that in the different big bangs that occur you will have different conditions, different values, for what we call the Fundamental Constants. So the fact that the Constants of Nature are suitable for life which is clearly true we observe may not be a universal fact, may be an accident. (Universe & Cosmology & Big Bang & Anthropic Principle) ibid.
2,756. I am really not impressed with the amount of fine tuning there is, with the exception of this one – dark energy. (Universe & Cosmology & Dark Energy & Anthropic Principle & Laws of Science) ibid.
2,696. The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless. (Universe & Anthropic Principle) Professor Steven Weinberg
2,695. The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of Tragedy. (Universe & Anthropic Principle) Professor Steven Weinberg
79,003. There are reasons to doubt that what we call the laws of physics necessarily apply everywhere in the universe – or that they were applicable to every time in its history. (Laws & Anthropic Principle) Michael Brooks, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense
79,004. The remarkable feature of physical laws is that they apply everywhere, whether or not you choose to believe in them. After the laws of physics, everything else is opinion. (Laws & Anthropic Principle) Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death by Black Hole
2,704. The universe is a pretty big space. It’s bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So, if it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space, right? (Universe & Space & Anthropic Principle) Professor Carl Sagan
2,644. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference. (Science & Universe & Intelligent Design & Creationism & Anthropic Principle) Richard Dawkins
256. I mean I think the closest is the idea that the fundamental constants of the universe are too good to be true. That does to me seem to need some kind of explanation, if it’s true ... It certainly doesn’t suggest to me in any way a creative intelligence because you’re still left with the problem of explaining where that come from. (God & Universe & Creationism & Anthropic Principle & Simulation Theory) Professor Richard Dawkins, The Four Horsemen: Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, Hitchens
95,710. The anthropic principle was named by the British mathematician Brandon Carter in 1974 and expanded by the physicists John Barrow and Frank Tipler in their book on the subject. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion p135
2,981. It is a strange fact, incidentally, that religious apologists love the anthropic principle. For some reason that makes no sense at all, they think it supports their case. Precisely the opposite is true. The anthropic principle, like natural selection, is an alternative to the design hypothesis. It provides a rational, design-free explanation for the fact that we find ourselves in a situation propitious to our existence. ibid. p136