Re: The Next Century's Great Discovery

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 16:28:52 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 28 Jul 1997, Hal Finney wrote:

> One problem I have with Anthropic Principle reasoning is the claim
> that atoms and molecules much as we know them are necessary for life.
> I don't see how we can a priori rule out possible stable structures of
> others kinds.

It might be that there are several "islands" where complex systems
can evolve. The interesting question is if there is just a finite
number of islands that allow complex universes, or if there are an
infinity of them. It would also be interesting to see which of them
were "isomorphic" in some sense to each other.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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