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  •  I agree with the anthropic principle (0+ / 0-)

    but I don't apply emotional value to the statement that reality is caustic - it's simply a fact that the domain in which nature supports us without a massive degree of human effort and foresight is always a small, migrating locus.  Most of nature consists of near-total vacuum - an atom of super-cold hydrogen and helium here and there.  Most solid objects in the universe are dust in vacuum, or asteroids, or comets, or dwarf planets with no atmospheres.  Most of the solid bodies with atmospheres have gas compositions we can't breathe, at temperatures too hot or too cold, and pressures too high or too low.  

    The rest of the (visible / non-dark) matter of the universe is in objects that are too hostile for organic matter to directly interact with - gas giants, some of which are highly radioactive; brown dwarfs; proto-stars; stars; ultra-dense stellar corpses like white dwarfs and neutron stars; and black holes.  

    To say this is caustic is not a moral weighting, just a human-relative descriptor.

    Live by the certainty that nothing can kill you. You'll only be wrong once.

    by Troubadour on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:19:52 AM PST

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