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Anthropic Principle: the justification of the observability of the universe by properties that correspond to the observer. In this form, the principle is not about the existence of the universe and the observer, but about necessary properties.
 
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Dennett, Daniel
 
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Anthropic Principle I 225
Anthropic principle/Freeman Dyson (Author): "I am not saying the structure of the universe proves the existence of God, but He is compatible with the hypothesis that the spirit plays a crucial role for its functioning
I 227
Anthropic principle/Dennett: in its "weak form" it is harmless, occasionally useful application of elementary logic: if x is a necessary condition for the existence of y, and if y exists, then x exists as well. (> Salmon)
DennettVsAnthropic principle: "Strong Form": false use of "must": "If physical structures depend on larger molecules, then they must exist, because we exist.
Correct instead: It must be the case that: if consciousness depends on ..., then there are such elements in the world, because we have a consciousness.
The conclusion to which one is entitled only says that there are such elements, not that there have to be.

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-30