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Anthropic Principle
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I. Science – II. Philosophy of Religion

I. Science

In 1973, Brandon Carter introduced the expression “anthropic principles” in order to emphasize that the earthly observer assumes a privileged position in the universe in the sense that the development of life based on carbon requires very specific conditions. These conditions depend on certain characteristics of the universe, such as its age, the density of material, its rate of expansion, isotropy, entropy, spatial…

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Zycinski, Józef and Hefner, Philip, “Anthropic Principle”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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