The Life of the Cosmos has ratings and 42 reviews. David said: Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundame. CHAPTER ONE. The Life of the Cosmos. By LEE SMOLIN Oxford University Press. Read the Review. LIGHT and LIFE. Science is, above everything else. The life of the cosmos / by Lee Smolin. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X. ISBN (Pbk.) 1. Cosmology.

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As I suggested in the last chapter, the answer to these questions is that there are stars. It is the “science of everything” whose task is to uncover those facts and laws that cosjos universally.

The revelation of the existence of other galaxies naturally leads to the question “Are there also other universes? You must become an ignorant man again And see the sun again with an ignorant eye And see it clearly in the idea of it. He examines the philosophical roots of controversies in the foundations of physics, and shows how they may be transformed as science moves towardunderstanding the universe as an interrelated, self-constructed entity, within which life and complexity have a natural place, and in which “the occurrence of novelty, indeed the perpetual birth of novelty, can be understood.

In addition a very informative lesson in the construct of the physical universe and clear explanation of a relational vs absolute universe. Beyond the Anthropic Principle. Perhaps there is no answer to the question “Why?

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

But atomism triumphed only in this century, as quantum physics opened up the atom to our understanding. These models assume that any universe where emergent intelligence was able to play a less-than-random role in replication or selection might become replicatively favored, more resilient, or perhaps dominant in some smoli environment, over lineages where emergent intrauniversal intelligence does not increasingly factor into replication, as in Smolin’s original CNS model.


This is a much higher level book than I have been reading, although it is not technical or mathematical. Smolin writes in a great style that takes complex ideas and makes them accessible without dumbing them down. He includes observational tests–like measuring the masses of additional neutron stars–and theore Lee Smolin presents an interesting hypothesis that attempts to explain why the fundamental physical constants seem to be “tuned” perfectly to allow stars, planets, and life to evolve.

The next year sci-fi author and physicist David Brin considered the possibility that universal intelligence may have evolved via both intrauniversal supernovae and extrauniversal processes of black hole replication What Continues One might have expected that before the twentieth century people would have been concerned about the fact that life did not fit easily into the Newtonian cosmos. I found the whole book incredibly stimulating. There are about 20 parameters that can be varied.

The only alternative may be to look outside them. Oxford University Press Amazon. I just wish this book had stayed away from these mere shadows of intelligent thought.

The Life of the Cosmos

He includes observational tests–like measuring the masses of additional neutron stars–and theoretical tests; calculating the consequences of changing the values of certain physical “constants”. But we can question the idea that if we knew only those laws, and nothing else about the history or organization of the universe, we could deduce the properties of a quark or electron.

Putting these questions aside, what are the consequences of the proposal. While today’s science lacks a sufficiently advanced information theory to describe the functional role of intelligence in biological evolutionary development, CNS-I models are at least suggestive of the outlines of a such an information theory, and thus worthy of research and critique.

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It outputs all the string theories it can construct that lead to the world you requested, one per page. Any intelligent sixteenth-century person could explain why what Copernicus had done didn’t really make sense. I’ve put it down, for now. Most versions of inflation predict the existence of other universes.

The Life of the Cosmos by Lee Smolin

Jan 10, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Whatever else one may say about the quantum theory, its central success is that it explains the stability of atoms. Making the elementary particles eternal puts the questions as to their properties in the realm of the absolute: The answer is at the center of stars through the nuclear processes that generate the energy that eventually produces starlight.

Another thing that must strike us when we look around at the universe is that it seems to be structured hierarchically.

This page was last edited on 14 Mayat The Cosmology of an Interesting Universe. If not correct, he joins a longer list of unknowns who had imaginative ideas that failed. After all, the dominant literary theory taught by my colleagues these days is that books must be read as if, in a certain sense, the author does not exist.

The not-so-fun part is Smolin’s constant, painful, digressions into philosophy. But it leaves open a large number of questions, and these past twenty years have been a very frustrating period because almost none of these questions have been answered.

And how is it that our place, Earth, stays in a perpetual state that denies the law of entropy such that it can support life?