Can the anthropic principle be used to understand the values of the fundamental constants of nature and, conversely, can the existence of life be said to arise from a remarkable feat of fine tuning on the part of the cosmos? The conditions required for the existence of life that depend upon stellar, atomic, and molecular structure are focused on and the degree to which these conditions would have been met had the fundamental constants been different from their known values is analyzed. The tentative answer to both questions is no.

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