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  Mediocrity principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The mediocrity principle is the notion in the philosophy of science that there is nothing special about Earth, and by implication the human race.
In short, the Copernican Mediocrity is the series of astronomical findings that Earth is a relatively ordinary planet orbiting a relatively ordinary star in a relatively ordinary galaxy which is one of countless others in a giant universe, possibly within an infinite multiverse.
For instance, Carl Sagan used the principle to argue that "there might be one million civilizations in the Milky Way.” The failure to find such signals or evidence is taken by some as a disconfirmation of the mediocrity principle.
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 Encyclopedia: Fermi paradox
However Fermi principle adherents believe that, due to a lack of evidence to the contrary, in all probability, humans (as a technologically advanced species) are effectively alone in at least our part of the Milky Way.
The principle states that because life on Earth could not exist if any one of many parameters of the physical universe were slightly modified, it would seem that humans have a unique advantage over any other form of intelligent life.
Some adherents to the Fermi principle state that it is highly unlikely that all advanced civilizations would not eventually take full advantage of the power source of their home star, and in doing so change the electromagnetic signature of their sun.
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 Copernican principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Copernican principle is the philosophical statement that no "special" observers should be proposed.
The term originated in the paradigm shift from the Ptolemaic model of the heavens, which placed Earth at the center of the Solar system because it appears that everything revolved around Earth.
Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated that Earth is not, in fact, in the center of the system and the motion of the heavens can be explained without assuming that we are observing from a special position.
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 Post-Agnostic Science: How Physics Is Reviving The Argument From Design
The principle of mediocrity is a rule-of-thumb for the conduct of science.
Something like the principle of mediocrity is presupposed whenever we indulge in generalization: whenever we infer that a law of nature exists because we do not observe any violations.
The principle of mediocrity is a reasonable thing to presume at the beginning of our investigations, but when we discover overwhelming evidence that our own universe is very special, this evidence should override the a priori rule of thumb.
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 Fermi paradox Article, Fermiparadox Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Some of those who subscribe to the Fermi principle state that given enough time to develop, the radio transmissions of any sufficiently advanced civilization will begin to outshine their parent star in the radiopart of the spectrum.
Further, the mediocrity principle states that physical laws are the same throughout the Universe and the development of anything within the Universe has to followthese laws.
Some adherents to the Fermi principle state that it is highly unlikely that all advanced civilizations would not eventuallytake full advantage of the power source of their home star, and in doing so changing the electromagnetic signature of theirsun.
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 Binary-Craft   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
mediocrity principle The principle that there is nothing particularly interesting about our place in space or time, or about ourselves.
This principle probably first made its real appearance in the scientific community when Shapley discovered that the globular clusters center around the center of the Galaxy, not around the solar system.
The principle can be considered a stronger form of the uniformity principle; instead of no place being significantly different than any other, the mediocrity principle indicates that, indeed, where you are is not any more special than any other.
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 mediocrity, principle of
It is often invoked, together with two other principles (see plenitude, principle of ; uniformity, principle of), to support the claim that life and intelligence occur commonly throughout the Universe.
It is also an implicit assumption in SETI that other beings exist who wish to communicate and are sufficiently technologically compatible with us to make communication possible.
The principle of mediocrity remains largely a matter of opinion but has been bolstered by the discovery of extrasolar planets and that certain organic chemicals, such as amino acids, occur commonly throughout space.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/M/mediocrity.html   (177 words)

  
 Copernican principle - Definition up Erdmond.Com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Copernican Principle is the philosophical statement that no "special" observer s should be proposed.
The term originated in the paradigm_shift from the Aristotelian_model of the heavens, which placed Earth at the center of the Solar_system because it appears that everything revolved around Earth.
A system of astronomy, on the Copernican or true principle;: With tables, containing the mean right ascension of the sum: and the right ascension and...
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 Re: Reality... Senesced Vs Perceived   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This principle, which is used by absolutely all of science, is the assumption that we occupy no particularly special place in time and space.
For all of recorded and reliable history, the universe seems to have been mediocre: nothing particularly out of the ordinary seems to have happened (with respect to the way gravity, entropy, etc operate) since we began writing things down, so scientists feel that MP is a safe bet.
The Anthropic Principle (AP), in its weak form, is a tautology: in order for us to observe our existence, we must exist, and therefore a context (a universe) must exist that supports our existence.
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 Mediocrity principle - Art History Online Reference and Guide
The traditional formulation of the Copernican mediocrity principle is usually played out in the following way.
In short, the Copernican Mediocrity is the series of ideas and discoveries demonstrating that Earth is a relatively common planet orbiting a relatively common star going around a relatively common galaxy which is one of countless others in a giant, perhaps infinite, universe.
There is also a stronger, philosophical version of the mediocrity principle.
www.arthistoryclub.com /art_history/Mediocrity_principle   (473 words)

  
 uniformity, principle of
From this it is a reasonable, though not inevitable, conclusion that the same physical, chemical, and biological processes that gave rise to terrestrial life could also produce life elsewhere.
The principle of uniformity is a fundamental tenet of science.
Together with two other basic beliefs (see mediocrity, principle of ; plenitude, principle of) it used by most SETI proponents to argue that life and intelligence are not uncommon throughout space.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/U/uniformity.html   (151 words)

  
 Anthropic Principle
Weak Anthropic Principle (WAP): The observed values of all physical and cosmological quantities are not equally probable but they take on values restricted by the requirement that there exist sites where carbon-based life can evolve and by the requirement that the Universe be old enough for it to have already done so.
These Principles invariably make statements about regions of the Universe which are unobservable not only in practice but also in principle (because of the finite speed of light).
The issue concerned various striking numerical relations that are observed to hold between the physical constants (the gravitational constant, the mass of the proton, the age of the universe, etc.).
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 Michael Wickett Online - Growth Through Goals
Some of these principles that have been given to me from different sources and it works because I knew there were a lot of Mike Wicketts in the world that for one reason or another had never believed that they could be somebody.
The very first major principle that we are going to talk about are having some goals.
Principle number seven that I like to mention in accomplishing our goals is we need the positive support of other people.
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 Anthropic principle
The anthropic principle goes a little further than pointing out that the universe is habitable, it also points out that were it not habitable we would not be here to inhabit it.
It is very possible that is the case, in fact--assuming the principle of mediocrIty, the physical parameters of these universes would be randomly distributed, and the development of life (as we know it) in those universes would be incredibly rare.
The Weak Anthropic Principle still holds though (as I define it) because it's only a tautology in a sense, saying that, in a universe where life exists, the universe is life-friendly as far as it's physical properties (parameters, rules) are concerned.
www.pych-one.com /new-726284-4388.html   (10801 words)

  
 The laws list: M
The principle that there is nothing particularly interesting about our place in space or time, or about ourselves.
The principle can be considered a stronger form of the uniformity principle ; instead of no place being significantly different than any other, the mediocrity principle indicates that, indeed, where you are is not any more special than any other.
The explanation is that muon is in a moving frame of reference, and thus time is slowed down for the muons relative to the Earth, effectively extending the halflife of the muons relative to the Earth, allowing some of them to reach the surface.
www.alcyone.com /max/physics/laws/m.html   (1166 words)

  
 Apologetics Press - The Anthropic Principle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Principle of Mediocrity holds that life on Earth is nothing special and that because of this, the galaxies are likely filled with other civilizations.
The weak anthropic principle states that in a Universe that is large or infinite in space and/or time, the conditions necessary for the development of intelligent life will be met only in certain regions that are limited in space and time.
In this respect the strong anthropic principle is akin to the traditional religious explanation of the world: that God made the world for mankind to inhabit (1982, pp.
www.apologeticspress.org /defdocs/rr1990/r&r9012a.htm   (2826 words)

  
 Stephen E. Jones: Projects: Problems of Evolution (Outline): Environment (1)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Demise of the `Copernican' mediocrity principle Evolutionists, following the dictates of Epicurean materialistic philosophy, invented a so-called Copernican principle, or principle of mediocrity, that "The Sun is just another star, one of many billions, within one of many billions of galaxies.
Applied to the question of extraterrestrial life, the principle suggests that if there is nothing special about the astronomical, geological, physical and chemical circumstances of Earth, then there should be nothing special or unique about its biology either" (Davies, 1995, p.16).
We have gone from the center of the Universe to a small planet orbiting a small, undistinguished star in an unremarkable region of the Milky Way galaxy-a view now formalized by the so-called Principle of Mediocrity, which holds that we are not the one planet with life but one of many.
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 SETI: Science or Pseudoscience -NEJS vol1 issue1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In the first paragraph of his statement, Dr. Novella is referring to the Copernican Principle, also known as the Principle from Mediocrity, which states that there is nothing unique about man’s place in the universe.
But the Copernican Principle suffered its first defeat with the confirmation of the Big Bang theory and the subsequent refutation of the Steady State theory, which held that there is nothing special about the epoch in which we live.
The principle holds that physical laws are the same everywhere in the Universe, and there is no reason to suspect that there is something special or unique about our little corner of it.
www.theness.com /articles/seti-nejs0101.html   (4865 words)

  
 Exercise, Not Diet, May be Best Defense Against Heart Disease   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Anyway, obviously, the ones who die = shoveling their driveways are sedentary people and my mediocrity = principle states that one should not be too sedentary.
Anyway, obviously, the ones who die shoveling their driveways are sedentary people and my mediocrity principle states that one should not be too sedentary.
Mediocrity means a middle state and also means moderation.
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 SETI Book Review: Rare Earth
One is the mediocrity principle, which posits that we are not in any way special, and given the enormous numbers of galaxies, stars, etc, life -- including intelligent variants -- exists on many other planets.
The other is the anthropic principle, which holds that the universe is optimal for human existence and hence we are the sole intelligent life form.
Additionally, the anthropic principle totally ignores the element of chance, which played a crucial role at all stages of biogenesis.
www.setileague.org /reviews/rarearth.htm   (746 words)

  
 Reasons To Believe: Facts For Faith Issue 8, 2002
Support for the anthropic principle comes from an unwavering and unmistakable trend line within the data: the more astronomers learn about the universe and the requirements of human existence, the more severe the limitations they find governing the structure and development of the universe to accommodate those requirements.
The mediocrity principle asserts that humanity is not special in any way and that human origin and development have likely been duplicated on billions of other sites throughout the cosmos.
Of all the gods, forces, or principles that people have proposed throughout human history to explain the existence and operation of the universe, only the God of the Bible is consistent with the characteristics of the cause established in these space-time theorems.
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 IAA-00-IAA
Based on the principle of mediocrity we can safely conclude, that the phylogenesis goes on everywhere in the universe, where the conditions are suitable for it.
Rather they are destined to pervade and dominate the entire universe.” It is impossible not to see, that the final anthropic principle combined with the principle of mediocrity is a firm argument in support of SETI.
In this picture, the distinction between the weak and strong forms of the anthropic principle is meaningless.
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 Call it Mediocrity!
The progressive generalization of the Copernican principle has caused the conviction to take root and spread that the Earth is in no way a noteworthy or special point in the universe.
Many think, on the basis of this “mediocrity principle,”; that also the evolution of various living forms, all the way to the existence of beings with a high degree of complexity, is a “normal” and widespread phenomenon in the universe.
Despite the “mediocrity principle,”; our planet appears today more than ever to be an authentic jewel of creation.
www.traces-cl.com /Giu2001/science.htm   (1906 words)

  
 Bambooweb: Wikipedia
Another grounding principle of BambooWeb is that it is not a place to contribute or look for research that has not yet been published elsewhere.
It is also noted that BambooWeb tends to cover topics that might not be included at all in a print encyclopedia.
A common BambooWeb maxim is "Out of mediocrity, excellence." The site founder admits that the variation in quality between different articles and topics is significant, but considers the average quality "pretty good", and getting better by the day.
www.bambooweb.com /articles/w/i/Wikipedia.html   (3068 words)

  
 Edge: SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE
The "mediocrity principle" is one example, but there are many other examples of similar reasoning — i.e.
Technically speaking, the issue here is whether the generalizing assumption required in 2(a) — such as the mediocrity principle — leads to any additional information about the physics.
However, the problem here is that 2(b) is not really a principle or an argument — it is an ansatz — a hunch that needs to be confirmed.
www.edge.org /discourse/anthropic.html   (2001 words)

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