Suggested reading for the philosophically inclined

Anthropic Principle (Wikipedia)

Wheeler's Delayed Choice Experiment (Wikipedia)

Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser (Wikipedia)

A New Theory of the Universe (Robert Lanza, The American Scholar)

The Simulation Argument (Nick Bostrom, Oxford University)

Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation (Silas R. Beane et al, Cornell University Library Archive)

Why does the universe exist? (UIUC Department of Physics, interesting read though it begs the question posed here)

Conspiratorial cosmology – the case against the Universe (Jörg P. Rachen, Ute G. Gahlings, Cornell University Library Archive)

Does the universe need a conscious observer for it to exist? (Quora discussion)

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