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    Milan M. Cirkovic (2004). Agencies, Capacities, and Anthropic Self-Selection. In Margaret A. Simons, Marybeth Timmermann & Mary Beth Mader (eds.), Philosophical Writings. University of Illinois Press 27.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2004). Forecast for the Next Eon: Applied Cosmology and the Long-Term Fate of Intelligent Beings. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 34 (2):239-261.
    Cosmology seems extremely remote from everyday human practice and experience. It is usually taken for granted that cosmological data cannot rationally influence our beliefs about the fate of humanity—and possible other intelligent species—except perhaps in the extremely distant future, when the issue of “heat death” (in an ever-expanding universe) becomes actual. Here, an attempt is made to show that it may become a practical question much sooner, if an intelligent community wishes to maximize its creative potential. We estimate, on the (...)
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2004). Book Review: Modern Cosmology. By Scott Dodelson. Academic Press, London, San Diego, California, 2003. Xiii + 440 Pp., $70 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-12-219141-2. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 34 (3):541-544.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2006). Misuse of the Anthropic Principle: Quasireligious Pseudoscience Caught in Act. Theoria 49 (1-2):21-35.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2002). Book Review: By Nick Bostrom. Routledge, New York and London, 2002, Xiii+ 224 Pp., $70 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-415-93858-9. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 32 (11):1797-1801.
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    Mark A. Walker & Milan M. Ćirković (2006). Astrophysical Fine Tuning, Naturalism, and the Contemporary Design Argument. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 20 (3):285-307.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2002). Is the Universe Really That Simple? Foundations of Physics 32 (7):1141-1157.
    The intriguing recent suggestion of Tegmark that the universe—contrary to all our experiences and expectations—contains only a small amount of information due to an extremely high degree of internal symmetry is critically examined. It is shown that there are several physical processes, notably Hawking evaporation of black holes and non-zero decoherence time effects described by Plaga, as well as thought experiments of Deutsch and Tegmark himself, which can be construed as arguments against the low-information universe hypothesis. Some ramifications for both (...)
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  8. Milan M. Ćirković (2002). Anthropic Fluctuations Vs. Weak Anthropic Principle. Foundations of Science 7 (4):453-463.
    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 theanthropic principle based on the entropy-fluctuation picture is a product of this semantic confusion.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (1999). Stationary Cosmologies and the Anthropic Principle. Theoria 42 (1-2):81-111.
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    Nick Bostrom & Milan M. Cirković (2003). The Doomsday Argument and the Self–Indication Assumption: Reply to Olum. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (210):83–91.
    In a recent paper in this journal, Ken Olum attempts to refute the Doomsday argument by appealing to the self-indication assumption (SIA), the idea that your very existence gives you reason to think that there are many observers. In contrast to earlier refutation attempts that use this strategy, Olum confronts and try to counter some of the objections that have been made against SIA. We argue that his defense of SIA is unsuccessful. This does not, however, mean that one has (...)
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2014). Evolutionary Contingency and SETI Revisited. Biology and Philosophy 29 (4):539-557.
    The well-known argument against the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) due to George Gaylord Simpson is re-analyzed almost half a century later, in the light of our improved understanding of preconditions for the emergence of life and intelligence brought about by the ongoing “astrobiological revolution”. Simpson’s argument has been enormously influential, in particular in biological circles, and it arguably fueled the most serious opposition to SETI programmes and their funding. I argue that both proponents and opponents of Simpson’s argument have (...)
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2008). On the Failure of Reductionism in Cosmology. Theoria 51 (1):19-29.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2006). Is Quantum Suicide Painless? On an Apparent Violation of the Principal Principle. Foundations of Science 11 (3):287-296.
    The experimental setup of the self-referential quantum measurement, jovially known as the ‘quantum suicide’ or the ‘quantum Russian roulette’ is analyzed from the point of view of the Principal Principle of David Lewis. It is shown that the apparent violation of this principle – relating objective probabilities and subjective chance – in this type of thought experiment is just an illusion due to the usage of some terms and concepts ill-defined in the quantum context. We conclude that even in the (...)
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    Milan M. Cirkovic (2003). On the Importance of SETI for Transhumanism. Journal of Evolution and Technology 13 (2).
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2006). Too Early? On the Apparent Conflict of Astrobiology and Cosmology. Biology and Philosophy 21 (3):369-379.
    An interesting consequence of the modern cosmological paradigm is the spatial infinity of the universe. When coupled with naturalistic understanding of the origin of life and intelligence, which follows the basic tenets of astrobiology, and with some fairly incontroversial assumptions in the theory of observation selection effects, this infinity leads, as Ken Olum has recently shown, to a paradoxical conclusion. Olum's paradox is related, to the famous Fermi's paradox in astrobiology and “SETI” studies. We, hereby, present an evolutionary argument countering (...)
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    M. Dugic, Milan M. Cirkovic & D. Rakovic (2002). On a Possible Physical Metatheory of Consciousness. Open Systems and Information Dynamics 9:153-166.
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    Milan M. Ćirković & Vesna Milošević-Zdjelar (2004). Three's a Crowd: On Causes, Entropy and Physical Eschatology. [REVIEW] Foundations of Science 9 (1):1-24.
    Recent discussions of theorigins of the thermodynamical temporal asymmetry (thearrow of time) by Huw Price and others arecritically assessed. This serves as amotivation for consideration of relationshipbetween thermodynamical and cosmologicalcauses. Although the project of clarificationof the thermodynamical explanandum is certainlywelcome, Price excludes another interestingoption, at least as viable as the sort ofAcausal-Particular approach he favors, andarguably more in the spirit of Boltzmannhimself. Thus, the competition of explanatoryprojects includes three horses, not two. Inaddition, it is the Acausal-Particular approachthat could benefit enormously (...)
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    Nick Bostrom & Milan M. Cirković (2003). The Doomsday Argument and the Self–Indication Assumption: Reply to Olum. Philosophical Quarterly 53 (210):83-91.
    In a recent paper in this journal, Ken Olum attempts to refute the doomsday argument by appealing to the self–indication assumption (SIA) that your very existence gives you reason to think that there are many observers. Unlike earlier users of this strategy, Olum tries to counter objections that have been made against (SIA). We argue that his defence of (SIA) is unsuccessful. This does not, however, mean that one has to accept the doomsday argument (or the other counter–intuitive results that (...)
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2002). Book Review: Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy. By Nick Bostrom. Routledge, New York and London, 2002, Xiii+224 Pp., $70 (Hardcover). ISBN 0-415-93858-9. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 32 (11):1797-1801.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2004). Kant and Extragalactic Revolution in Astronomy. Theoria 47 (1-2):95-109.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2005). Physics Versus Semantics: A Puzzling Case of the Missing Quantum Theory. [REVIEW] Foundations of Physics 35 (5):817-838.
    A case for the project of excising of confusion and obfuscation in the contemporary quantum theory initiated and promoted by David Deutsch has been made. It has been argued that at least some theoretical entities which are conventionally labelled as “interpretations” of quantum mechanics are in fact full-blooded physical theories in their own right, and as such are falsifiable, at least in principle. The most pertinent case is the one of the so-called “Many-Worlds Interpretation” (MWI) of Everett and others. This (...)
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2003). Nick Bostrom, Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy. [REVIEW] Foundations of Science 8 (4):417-423.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2000). Arsenijević, Dyson, Singularity. Theoria 43 (1-2):87-103.
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    Milan M. Ćirković (2002). Cosmological Forecast and Its Practical Significance. Journal of Evolution and Technology 12.
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  25. Milan M. Cirkovic (2009). Sailing the Archipelago. Collapse 5.
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