Douglas Adams on the anthropic principle

The anthropic principle is a rationalization of humanity’s importance in our own eyes. It states that the universe, the sun, and the Earth are prefectly designed for us, so some Divine Being (Vishnu, perhaps) must have created them just for us. With stunning irony, believers in the anthropic principle ignore the fact that if conditions had been different, we would be different: blobs of superconductive Helium II, perhaps. And if they had been so different that life would not be here to contemplate itself, there would be no one to complain that Vishnu hadn’t made the universe to our liking. The writer Douglas Adams put it rather neatly:

This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in—an interesting hole I find myself in—fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’

Cyclone Gonu over the Arabian Sea

Over the warm water of the Arabian Sea, Cyclone Gonu has strengthened until its winds are 240 km per hour, making it the strongest cyclone ever in that area.
The image is from Wikipedia Commons.

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