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While [Carter]'s concepts of the [anthropic principle] are readily accepted by many [philosophers], humorist [Terry Pratchett] has come up with his own [extension] of this kind of thought:

The [Special and Inevitable Anthropic Principle] appears in the book [Hogfather]:
Many people are aware of the [weak anthropic principle|Weak] and [strong anthropic principle|Strong Anthropic Principles]. The Weak One says, basically, that it was [jolly amazing] of the [universe] to be [constructed] in such a way that [humans] could [evolve] to a point where they [make a living] in, for example, [universities], while the Strong One says that, [on the contrary], the whole [point] of the [universe] was that [humans] should not only work in [universities] but also write for huge sums books with words like "[Cosmic]" and "[Chaos]" in the titles.

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The [UU Professor of Anthropics] had developed the [Special and Inevitable Anthropic Principle], which was that the entire [reason] for the [existence] of the [universe] was the eventual [evolution] of the [UU Professor of Anthropics]. But this was only a [formal] statement of the [theory] which absolutely everyone, with only some minor [details] of a "Fill in name here" nature, secretly believes to be true.


[Terry Pratchett|He] then applies this [theory] to himself, in one of his jacket liners:
[Terry Pratchett] lives in [England], an [island] off the coast of [France], where he spends his [time] writing [Discworld] novels in accordance with the [Very Strong Anthropic Principle], which holds that the entire [Purpose of the Universe] is to make possible a [being] that will live in [England], an island off the coast of [France], and spend his [time] writing [Discworld] novels. Which is exactly what he does. Which proves the whole business true. [Any questions?]


http://www.digiserve.com/eescape/closet/pratchett/Hogfather.html
http://www.dreamhavenbooks.com/pratchett.html
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