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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Msolin takes real s One of the most illuminating books on theoretical physics I’ve ever read. Cosmological natural selection is an extremely ambitious proposal, comparable to the one of Copernicus at his time that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.

Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)

Branching universe ensembles may be a way to maximize diversity, resilience, and adaptiveness, over an alternative “all eggs in one basket” Big Crunch. Looked at in a new way, our familiar world can all of a sudden reveal new meanings.

This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am kife bull sessions freshman year of college about time travel and the speed of light and black holes, I never took physics again after high school. Who has not looked up at the stars, or gazed at a tree or a kitten and wondered what the universe is and what our place in it might be?

A sentence is made of words, in certain orders, each of which is made out of letters. I just wish this book had stayed away from these mere shadows of intelligent thought. The Continental Post-Modernists were on the right track.

On the other hand, biology has been the most progressive and complete of all sciences.

Book Review for Life of the Cosmos

But beyond the specifics of carbon chemistry, life would be impossible were there not a sufficient variety of atoms.


In a different universe with a different set of physical laws, structures such as planets, stars and galaxies might not form, and the same might be true for life.

It gives a good overview of big picture and current fundamental problems in physics and cosmology with some emphasis on the philosophical aspects of the discussions. In a whimsical mood we may entertain the idea that there is an infinite regress, but this seems unlikely.

Wheeler proposed that the basic laws and constants of the universe might fluctuate randomly to new values at each successive bounce new universe birth in an oscillating universe, and thus provide a natural mechanism for anthropic selectionhow we come cosmks find ourselves in a universe that is fit for life. He also uses this principle to justify lots of rational ideas, like relativity over a fixed background.

Oxford University Press Amazon. He is certainly way beyond my understanding of it, as a layman, and I don’t doubt that he has put forward a genuinely valid alternative mode of understanding the world in which we live.

If a parameter can be changed to increase the rate of black hole formation, it would refute the theory. In effect, we are made of stardust.

Any intelligent sixteenth-century person could explain why what Copernicus had done didn’t really make sense. A philosophy that tells us to explain things by breaking them into parts will not help us when we confront the question of understanding the things that have no parts.

It talks od how there can never be an absolute description of the universe, because that would require an observer outside our own universe. The ending is absolutely beautiful as well. Some scientists write books claiming their “pet theory” to be the accepted truth. It was this and other new questions that drove the revolution.

The theory predicts that Nature’s parameters should be optimized for black hole production. I found the yhe book incredibly stimulating.


Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes) – Evo Devo Universe

Views Read View source View history. 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.

Thus the world could be different: These parameters are numbers, such as the masses of particles and the strengths of forces, that can in principle be varied. Given the ingredients, what are the conditions that make the universe hospitable to life? The laws of thermodynamics are not in contradiction with the existence tne the evolution of life.

Our multiversal environment, by contrast, might be modified to a significantly more obvious extent, via niche construction, again as is seen in higher biological organisms Odling-Smee The proposal for cosmological natural selection rests on two yhe assumptions: The worse thing about the book is the small font size that Oxford University Press has used. He further develops this speculative idea in his transcension hypothesisciting apparent advantages of black hole-like conditions for the perpetuation of life and intelligence in an entropic universe.

This book liife blow your mind. These models assume that any universe where emergent intelligence was able to play teh less-than-random role in replication or selection might become replicatively favored, more resilient, or perhaps dominant in some multiversal environment, over lineages where emergent intrauniversal intelligence does not increasingly factor into replication, as in Smolin’s original CNS model. Since life fhe comprised of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen as well as smaller amounts of other atoms, how did the heavier elements arise?