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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Smolin mentions that he met Richard Feynman a few times. The laws of thermodynamics are not in contradiction with the existence or the evolution of life. 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 llife environment, over lineages where emergent intrauniversal intelligence does not increasingly factor into replication, as in Smolin’s original CNS model.

If the universe really were cold and dead, if it contained no stars, there would be no living planets. This book discusses these ideas and introduces another one- smklin cosmic natural selection to answer the question above. Jul 13, William Ash rated it it was amazing.

Indeed, formulations of string theory predict the existence of extra spatial dimensions. The answer is through the explosions of stars, or supernovas. This evolution of the fundamental constants occurs via black hole reproduction.

If so, it should not surprise us if methods that have been so successful up to this point seem to be failing. Although the consistent quantum theory of gravity is not yet known, some cosmologists believe that a multi-universe picture of the world will emerge as part of quantum gravity.

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Smolin’s specific proposal might not be correct, there could be other ways to realize cosmological natural selection. A black hole forms when a tremendous amount of mass becomes concentrated in a relatively tiny region cosmls space. Molecules can be organized many different ways, as solids, crystals, liquids, gases, just as there are many kinds of texts.

If few scientists worried about this, it may in part be due to a philosophy called vitalism that was popular in the last century. How is it that the universe we inhabit has just the right properties for us to exist? Hubble had discovered a galaxy.


The fossil record tells us that the biosphere has become more organized and more varied over time. Since we can’t see what happens on the other side of a event horizon of a black hole, what if what actually happens is that a new universe is born there, and ours is just one in an evolutionary chain and our black holes are birthing others?

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. Making the elementary particles eternal puts the questions as to their properties in the realm of the absolute: This page was last modified on 28 Novemberat The most important of these questions is how to include gravity, and this cannot be done until we know how to unify general relativity with quantum theory.

All this is speculation, of course. To distinguish this idea from commonsense notions of atomism and reductionism, I will give it a name.

This, of course, is not an explanation, but some might say that perhaps there is no explanation. Emerging Network Culture Mark C. This book reminds me of why, despite pseudo-deep 3am geek bull sessions freshman year of college about So Lee Smolin is like really fucking smart. Jan 24, Alex rated it it was amazing. So Lee Cos,os is like really fucking smart.

It is interesting to see how the battle between Newton and Leibniz’s physics develops throughout the book, which eventually Leibniz comes out as the winner! Vidal proposes that an intervention of intelligence in the universal reproduction process should be named “Cosmological Artificial Selection” CAS. If the world suddenly became Newtonian it would take only a fraction of a second for most of the electrons to fall into the nuclei.

Yes, it is speculative, but is just fascinating. This, at least in outline, settles the question of where the ingredients for life come from. If I sleep with my cat, he wakes up for the few minutes he condescends to enter that state with his own unique temperature.

Not that it’s founded on no science or bad science, but that he pushes “what s,olin into some areas that might blow our minds my words. Many scientists do not like this idea because one would never be able to observe these other universes.


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Of course, a number found the sustained attention required to learn how to think in new ways disagreeable. The fourth part, which is equally interesting, tells us what the universe would have to be like, if observers were to describe it in a quantum way.

It’s still a valuable read, though, taken in conjunction with his more recent writings. It also explains how different observers may relate to each other to describe the universe precisely, but not accurately. The selection process would then not be random or natural, but mediated by intelligence, or artificial. I really wanted to like this book. Why is it that the universe is filled with stars?

I thought that I was pretty well caught up on the state of theoretical physics today, but I was apparently very wrong. Putting these questions aside, what are the consequences of the proposal.

Earth has sophisticated life. The last part mostly about quantum mechanics and attempts at quantum gravity theories is a bit more hand-waving and weaker in my opinion, though there are interesting chapters in this part, too. Most versions of inflation predict the existence of other universes. He also uses this principle to justify lots of rational ideas, like relativity over a fixed background. As usual I didn’t manage to follow all of it – and as usual it didn’t matter to my satisfaction with the book.

During this time we have come to see it as the route to answering all the most fundamental questions about nature. Click here to order. John Stewart takes a broad evolutionary perspective extrapolating the trajectory of evolution.

Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links. In the end what is wrong with the Newtonian theory of the universe is its essential irrationality, as it leaves unexplained too many aspects of the world that we may hope to comprehend.