Stephen Hawking frequently refers to the anthropic principle in his lectures, thereby expressing in philosophical terms a conundrum being pondered by cosmologists. How did the universe happen to evolve in such a way that would support intelligent life? The modern concept of thermodynamics hypothesizes a strong anthropic principle; that there is considerable evolutionary pressure favoring complex systems, and that these systems would inevitably become intelligent. The word “anthropic” is a bit of a misnomer, however. There is nothing in the theory that requires the ultimate solution to be bipedal, carbon-based, and relatively hairless. In fact, there is no a priori reason why such a system must meet our definition of “life.” It’s time to redefine intelligence as something more than an emergent property of the human neural network.