Defining civilization utilizing anthropic reasoning

Kevin Pimbblet

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We utilize anthropic reasoning to demonstrate that we are typical observers of our reference class under a self-sampling assumption by investigating the definition of what a civilization is. With reference to the conflict between such reasoning and the observational lack of extra-terrestrial intelligent life, we conclude that a part of our theoretical understanding of the Universe will be at fault.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341 - 343
Number of pages3
Issue number1177
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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