Anthropic Fluctuations vs. Weak Anthropic Principle
Author: irkovi M.M.
Source: Foundations of Science, Volume 7, Number 4, December 2002 , pp. 453-463(11)
A modern assessment of the classical Boltzmann-Schuetz argument for large-scale entropy fluctuations as the origin of our observable cosmological domain is given. The emphasis is put on the central implication of this picture which flatly contradicts the weak anthropic principle as an epistemological statement about the universe. Therefore, to associate this picture with the anthropic principle as it is usually done is unwarranted. In particular, Feynman's criticism of the anthropic principle based on the entropy-fluctuation picture is a product of this semantic confusion.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2002-12-01