Anthropic Principle Essay

2326 Words Jan 25th, 2016 10 Pages
“Response on the Anthropic Principle”
The Anthropic Principle, formally proposed at a conference in Poland by Brandon Carter in 1973, is a theory that strongly suggests that humanity holds a special place in the Universe. This topic has become widely discussed and debated topic among scientists. Two branches of the theory are the strong anthropic principle (SAP) and the weak anthropic principle (WAP). The SAP states, “The Universe must have those properties which allow life to develop within it at some stage in its history” (www.physics.sfsu.edu). This branch of the anthropic principle has commonly been used in the argument for intelligent design (ID), which puts forth the proposition that a designer is responsible for the balance of the
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For example, the theory of evolution fails the tests science places on itself. It is not observable because one would need to have been alive for billions of years to watch it. No one has set up an experiment to demonstrate it. This, in turn, means it also fails the concept of falsifiability, which is the same claim made against the anthropic principle. In short, evolution, often referred to as the unifying theme of all biology, technically can never truly be scientific theory. This does not discount it, nor does it prove that anthropic principle is true. Rather, it merely places it in a category of ideas that may or may not be true. In effect, it should hold no greater scientific position than the anthropic principle holds. Yet, many people fervently hold to a theory that cannot be demonstrated, but reject another theory that holds a similar amount of evidence all in the name of preventing the slightest possibility of a designer.
Is this because the notion of a designer would prevent scientific discovery, or is this because the notion of a designer is abhorrent to those who are afraid that this might open the door to the possibility of the influence of religion? To answer the first question, many of the greatest scientists prior to the 21st century had no problem combining a belief in a god with the advancement of science. In fact, Lord Kelvin, a leading mathematical physicist of his era, and for whom

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