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anthropic

[an′thräp·ik]
(anthropology)
Pertaining to humans or the period of their existence on earth.
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At this point some readers might object that the Anthropic Principle is irrelevant to the question of ecocentrism, since the Principle shows that the cosmos seems to privilege all carbon-based life, not just humanity.
Anthropic interference, whether concentrated, as in the generation of domestic sewage, or disperse, contributes toward the introduction of both organic and inorganic compounds into the water, affecting its quality.
Tipler, The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988).
The holographic anthropic multiverse; formalizing the complex geometry of reality.
Four introductory essays cover aspects of the science and religion dialogue, but the bulk of the book is an alphabetical encyclopedia that contains entries on everything from the anthropic principle to Intelligent Design to wave-particle duality.
Nor is this an attempt to reinvent the old teleological argument in a manner reminiscent of the anthropic principle; the human race now stands too close to the apocalyptic closure of time to use yet again the manifest delicate balance, which has created conditions necessary for life, as an argument only to be refuted by those who see nothing behind this balance but blind chance.
It's a notion generally known as the anthropic principle, and it evokes intransigent opposition from those who condemn it and unflagging enthusiasm from those who espouse it.
That is, the ability to discriminate between different people on the basis of their observable characteristics is the basis for forming and using anthropic concepts--concepts pertaining to man.
Finally, he classifies both sociobiology and work relating to the anthropic principle in cosmology as borderline examples of pseudoscience.
We talk about anthropic causes, meaning human activities," he says, "and without these a change is still present but since the industrial revolution the phenomenon has been accelerated.
We move on next to a section on physics, mainly on the so-called Anthropic Principle.