Definition of anthropic principle in English:

anthropic principle


  • The cosmological principle that theories of the universe are constrained by the necessity to allow human existence.

    • ‘Both gentlemen believe the anthropic principle strongly suggests an ultimate purpose to the universe.’
    • ‘The anthropic principle has given much weight to the theory of intelligent design.’
    • ‘The insights of the anthropic principle have taught us that the laws of nature, from the big bang onward, had to take a very specific form if the evolution of life were ever to be a possibility.’
    • ‘Yet some scientists - though certainly not all - are convinced that the anthropic principle has intrinsic scientific worth.’
    • ‘In the United States the cosmologists don't like the idea of the anthropic principle at all.’


1970s: anthropic from Greek anthrōpikos, from anthrōpos ‘human being’.


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