
 Edge: SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE 
  His contributions to physics include the discovery of string theory, the string theory of fl hole entropy, the principle of "fl hole complementarity", the holographic principle, the matrix description of Mtheory, the introduction of holographic entropy bounds in cosmology, the idea of an anthropic string theory "landscape". 
  A is any form of the Anthropic Principle of Principle of Mediocrity, together with assumptions about priors, proabability distrbutions on universes etc, plus our own existence, that leads to the conclusion that we should observe B. B is that galaxies have formed. 
  In the paper I show that every use of the anthropic principle claimed in physics and cosmology is either an example of this fallacy, or is so vague that one can get any conclusion one wants, and match any observation, by manipulating the assumptions made. 
 www.edge.org /3rd_culture/smolin_susskind04/smolin_susskind.html (12074 words) 
