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Explore Alliance Presents: How Do You KNOW? - Episode 56: Anthropic Cosmological Principle

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In cosmology, the anthropic principle involves any structure of the universe, the values of the constants of nature, or the laws of nature that has a bearing upon the existence of life.

Dr. Barth reminds us that while Brandon Carter emphasized that our location in the Universe is necessarily privileged to the extent of being compatible with our existence as observers, that Copernicus revealed that we do not occupy a special place in the universe, so one can infer that life is ubiquitous throughout the cosmos. 

The activities and materials provided free for the How Do You Know? program are based upon Dr. Barth’s award-winning book: Astronomy For Educators. This book is used as a resource in more than 5,700 schools across the United States and in more than 50 countries world-wide. Published as an Open Educational Resource Text, it is made available from the University of Arkansas Library Press.