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String Theory: The Participatory Anthropic Principle

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The Participatory Universe -- The idea that The Universe could not exist without us humans.

That does seem like an overly human-centric view of the universe. 

To John Barrow and Frank Tipler (in their popular and widely controversial 1986 book The Anthropic Cosmological Principle), this means that the universe itself comes into being only if someone is there to observe it. Essentially, the universe requires some form of life present for the wavefunction to collapse in the first place, meaning that the universe itself could not exist without life in it.

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