Analysis 65 (1):42–45 (2005)

Bradley Monton
Wuhan University
Dien Ho
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
We grant that anthropic reasoning yields the result that we should not expect to be in a small civilization. However, regardless of what civilization one finds oneself in, one can use anthropic reasoning to get the result that one should not expect to be in that sort of civilization. Hence, contra Ken Olum, anthropic reasoning does not conflict with observation.
Keywords anthropic reasoning  inflationary theory  civilization size  infinite universe  Ken Olum
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8284.2005.00521.x
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