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Pattern Recognition in Astrophysics and the Anthropic Principle

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The role of the Anthropic Principle in astrophysics and cosmology is examined in two principal parts. The first (minor) part takes a chiefly philosophical perspective and examines the manner in which human cognition features into discussions on cosmic origins. It is shown that the philosophical questions raised by the Anthropic Principle and ‘fine-tuning of life’ bear resemblances to problems within the philosophy of mind and we seek a common origin for this surprising parallel. A form of ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
New College
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Physics - Astrophysics
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Daniel W. Darg
Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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