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> "Will Intelligence Rule the Universe?", Gardner’s Selfish Biocosm hypothesis
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post May 09, 2006, 12:13 PM
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Will Intelligence Rule the Universe?
Are thinking beings like ourselves merely bit players in the enormous drama of the cosmos? Or is intelligence destined to become something vastly more important: the architect of this universe, and of other universes to come? That’s the thesis put forward by James Gardner in his book, Biocosm. Gardner argues that intelligence is more than simply a smudge of clever biology that accidentally arises here and there. Rather, intelligence is destined to thoroughly control the cosmos, and engineer the “baby universes” it will produce. Provocative metaphysics? You bet. But Gardner has dared to take on the biggest of ideas. Join us as we consider whether the universe could simply be an oversized playpen for the rearing of intelligent beings. Guest: James Gardner, author of Biocosm.

Podcast:http://seti.sitestream.com/AWA_05-01-09.mp3
Stream: http://www.podcastingnews.com/tools/stream...WA_05-01-09.mp3
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Source: http://www.biocosm.org/
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Why is the universe bio-friendly? Bioastronomy, once an intriguing and speculative sideline, has become a major focus for cosmologists. James N. Gardner presents a startling hypothesis for how our apparently bio-friendly universe began and what its ultimate destiny will be. Originally presented in peer-reviewed scientific journals, his radical “Selfish Biocosm” hypothesis proposes that life and intelligence have not emerged in a series of Darwinian accidents but are essentially hardwired into the cycle of cosmic creation, evolution, death, and rebirth. He argues that the destiny of highly evolved intelligence (perhaps our distant progeny) is to infuse the entire universe with life, eventually to accomplish the ultimate feat of cosmic reproduction by spawning one or more “baby universes,” which will themselves be endowed with life generating properties. In this explanation of the role of life in the cosmos, Gardner presents an eloquent and lucid synthesis of the most recent advances in physics, cosmology, biology, biochemistry, astronomy, and complexity theory. These disciplines increasingly find themselves approaching the frontier of what was once the exclusive province of philosophers and theologians. Gardner’s Selfish Biocosm hypothesis challenges both Darwinists and advocates of intelligent design, and forces us to reconsider how we ourselves are shaping the future of life and the cosmos.
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post May 09, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Make way: Übermensch has arrive to BrainMeta. Thanks for the links, man
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post May 09, 2006, 10:18 PM
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According to Gardner, life will grow and develop to spawn new universes? Gotta hand it to him, I've never heard of that before. The nearest idea I've come across is Tielhard de Chardin's Omega Point.
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post May 09, 2006, 10:42 PM
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According to Gardner, life will grow and develop to spawn new universes? Gotta hand it to him, I've never heard of that before. The nearest idea I've come across is Tielhard de Chardin's Omega Point.

Wrong this time, Neural. Read Michiu Kaku's "Visions". In it he esplains what he predicts a type III civilization will be like (type III civilization would be us 10,000 years from now, according to him). This type of civilization will have such control over the forces of nature that we will be able to create baby universes in laboratories at will, according to him. Also watch him in this live interview talking about the very same subject: http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/members/mkaku.aspx . Only problem? I'm not willing to wait 10,000 years fir this: Ergo my keen interest in Shawn's Consciousness Singularity
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post May 09, 2006, 11:19 PM
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Gardner is not talking about creating baby universes in a test tube like Kaku, is he? My interpretation was that Gardner is talking about life spawning life, culminating in life spawning universes, not through technological means (i.e., in a test tube), but biological ones (since he talks about infusing the entire universe with life).
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