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Playing Dice with the Universe

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Material Information

Title: Playing Dice with the Universe
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Barnett, David
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Anthropic Principle
Probability
Philosophy of Science
Cosmology
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theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The diverse family of views falling under the heading 'The Anthropic Principle' seek to explain the curious fact that our universe is an hospitable place for living things. In a discussion informed by Bayesian probability theory, the most popular of these explanations--that employing the multipleuniverse hypothesis--is challenged. Contrary to intuition, this hypothesis is not confirmed by the unlikely fact that our universe permits life. A related line of reasoning, conunonly known as 'The Doomsday Argument,' is then considered. Although the Doomsday Argument strikes most philosophers who have written on the subject as highly suspect, no one has successfully shown its invalidity. It is herein proposed that the argument's faults can be demonstrated by careful application of commonly accepted principles of probabilistic reasoning.
Statement of Responsibility: by David Barnett
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 B2b
System ID: NCFE003197:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003197/00001

Material Information

Title: Playing Dice with the Universe
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Barnett, David
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Anthropic Principle
Probability
Philosophy of Science
Cosmology
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The diverse family of views falling under the heading 'The Anthropic Principle' seek to explain the curious fact that our universe is an hospitable place for living things. In a discussion informed by Bayesian probability theory, the most popular of these explanations--that employing the multipleuniverse hypothesis--is challenged. Contrary to intuition, this hypothesis is not confirmed by the unlikely fact that our universe permits life. A related line of reasoning, conunonly known as 'The Doomsday Argument,' is then considered. Although the Doomsday Argument strikes most philosophers who have written on the subject as highly suspect, no one has successfully shown its invalidity. It is herein proposed that the argument's faults can be demonstrated by careful application of commonly accepted principles of probabilistic reasoning.
Statement of Responsibility: by David Barnett
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Edidin, Aron

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 B2b
System ID: NCFE003197:00001

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