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[H]uman minds, at least, are much more than mere observers. We do more than just watch the show that nature stages. Human beings have come to understand the world, at least in part, through the processes of reasoning and science. In particular, we have developed mathematics, and by so doing have unraveled some -- maybe soon, all -- of the hidden cosmic code, the subtle tune to which nature dances. Nothing in the entire multiverse/anthropic argument ... requires that level of involvement, that degree of connection. In order to explain a bio-friendly universe, the selection processes that features in the weak anthropic principle merely requires observers to observe. It is not necessary for observers to understand. Yet humans do. Why? -- Paul Davies (American physicist), Cosmic Jackpot: Why Our Universe Is Just Right for Life, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2007, pg. 231.

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Updated 20 March 2019 (c) 2019


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This site is compiled and edited by David H. Bailey of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (recently retired) and the University of California, Davis: Research website. The editor's published works include six books and over 300 technical articles in mathematics, high-performance computing, finance and computational biology.

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