We all know the general definition of the anthropic principle, but here's my "take" on it, if you will. Assume that life is super rare. Let's say that life is a near impossibility, but is still not ultimately precluded from occurring. Despite this, it seems to me, that any intelligent life that does manage to arise under these conditions, will TAKE FOR GRANTED its existence. Why? Well, being alive and having conscious thought is, in my opinion, all you CAN be aware of. Therefore, that very ability will be taken for granted, because nothing else could ever be known in the first place! Sorry for this. I just have some random crap going through my head right now.