Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe

Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe

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Biocosm challenges both sides of the controversy over evolution and creationism. This carefully reasoned book proposes that life and intelligence have not emerged as a series of random accidents, as Darwinists like Stephen Jay Gould have maintained, but are hardwired into the cycle of cosmic creation, evolution, death, and rebirth. Gardner's theory of an exponential coevolution of biological and electronic intelligence, designed and directed, offers an extraordinary vision of a universe of point and purpose. Stunning color photos are included.

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ISBN-13: 9781930722262
Publisher: Inner Ocean Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/10/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.91(d)

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Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
fernig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are living through the greatest cosmological revolution in human history. It is more profound than the 17th century revolution because the facts of chemistry and biology are being integrated into a coherent historical cosmology. In later life Newton was preoccupied with alchemy and Biblical exegesis. But several centuries were to elapse before chemistry and life could be subsumed under a set of scientific explanations as rigorous as those that Newton had brought to physics.The Selfish Biocosm quotes extensively from contemporary astrophysists and biologists. These include Sir Martin Reese (Astronomer Royal and author of several ¿popular¿ science books including Just Six Numbers), the Belgian Nobel Laureate Christian de Duve (author of Life Evolving) and the more controversial American physicists Lee Smolin and Stuart Kaufman. The Selfish Biocosm serves as an excellent introduction to these thinkers (and it is worth reading for this reason alone).At the risk of grossly oversimplifying the work of these scientists, the general tendency of their thought can be reduced to two principles.1.The appearance of intelligent life in the Universe is not an arbitrary accident. Eventually we will have a rational scientific explanation as universal and compelling as our explanation of the appearance of the elements of the periodic table.2.We now know that our universe has a history. Like all things that have a history, it may not be unique. It may be part of a multiverse.James N. Gardner takes all these ideas one step further: ¿The essence of the Selfish Biocosm hypothesis, after all, is that the anthropic qualities that our universe exhibits can be explained as incidental consequences of a cosmic replication cycle in which a cosmologically extended biosphere provides the means by which our cosmos duplicates itself and propagates one or more baby universes.¿ (p. 231). This is Richard Dawkins¿ Selfish Gene hypothesis played out on a cosmic stage. Even if you are not prepared to follow Gardner into this exotic territory, the Selfish Biocosm remains a provocative and interesting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For centuries science has wrestled with the question of how our amazingly complex, life-filled universe, could have formed without the aid on an outside intelligence. Biocosm proposes the most surprising answer of all, that life itself provided the intelligence that created our bio-friendly universe. The central hypothesis of the book is that at some time in the future, intelligent beings will have the capability of creating universes with the precise characteristics required to spawn life. Whether of not you buy this thesis, Biocosm presents a kaleidoscope of scientific possibilities so advanced that it makes Star Trek look like a buggy ride. Gardner does an admirable job of weaving together relativity, evolution and complexity theory in a way that keeps the reader glued to each page. The result is a scientific roller coaster that stretches the readers concepts of time, space and intelligence beyond the limits of imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in awhile a science book hits the market that has the power to forever change the public¿s perception of our existence. Books like Stephen Hawking¿s A Brief History of Time and Brian Greene¿s The Elegant Universe present concepts so unique that they forced us all to take a big gulp and digest a new way of thinking about our universe. James Gardner¿s Biocosm falls into this category. This book takes a fresh look at everything we know about life and the universe and makes us think in a radical new way. Ultimately, the importance of books like this lies not in the details of their theories (which are ultimately superseded by others) but in their power to help humanity grasp what we are and how we came to be. If the question of existence is a priority for you then you must read Biocosm.