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The beginning and the end : the meaning of life in a cosmological perspective, Clément Vidal

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The beginning and the end : the meaning of life in a cosmological perspective
Title
The beginning and the end
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the meaning of life in a cosmological perspective
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Clément Vidal
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eng
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Vidal, Clément
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illustrations
Index
index present
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BD511
LC item number
.V53 2014
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non fiction
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bibliography
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The frontiers collection,
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  • Cosmology
  • Life
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Philosophy and science
  • Cosmology
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Life
  • Philosophy and science
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The beginning and the end : the meaning of life in a cosmological perspective, Clément Vidal
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-373) and index
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Contents
Part I. Overview of worldviews : 1. The six dimensions of philosophy : First-order questions -- Second-order questions -- Necessity to have a worldview -- Implicit and explicit worldviews -- A cybernetic model of a worldview -- 2. Criteria for worldview comparison : A quest for criteria : Metaphilosophy ; The big three ; Bootstrapping the criteria ; Relativity, not relativism -- Criteria for worldview comparison : Objective consistency ; Scientificity ; Scope ; Subjective consistency ; Personal utility ; Emotionality ; Intersubjective consistency ; Collective utility ; Narrativity -- Assessment test : Testing the components ; Testing the dimensions ; Testing the big three -- 3. Religious, scientific, and philosophical worldviews : Religious worldviews : Intelligent design versus flying spaghetti monsterism ; Psychological and societal strengths of religions ; Failures of tradition -- Scientific worldviews : Systems theory as a universal language for science ; Problem-solving approach ; Universal Darwinism ; Limitations of scientific worldviews -- Philosophical worldviews : The way to philosophical worldviews ; One or several worldviews? ; Analogies for philosophical worldviews ; Nonviolent worldview communication ; The extreme worldview agenda -- Part II. The beginning of the universe : 4. Origins of the origin : Five challenges for the ultimate explanations : Epistemological ; Metaphysical ; Thermodynamic ; Causal ; Infinity -- The point as a cognitive attractor : Origin with foundation ; Points in everyday life ; God's point ; Big Bang's point -- The cycle as a cognitive attractor ; Origin without foundation ; Cycles in everyday life ; Big Bang(s) cycles ; Objections against cycles -- Points, cycles and beyond : More attractors ; Line and combinations ; Cosmological models -- 5. Capturing free parameters : Analogical reasoning in science -- The physical universe -- The mathematical universe -- The computational universe -- The biological universe -- 6. The fine-tuning conjecture : Fine-tuning fallacies : Probabilistic fallacies ; Physical fallacies ; Fine-tuning disproofs -- Fine-tuning and other issues : Fine-tuning and free parameters ; Fine-tuning and parameter sensitivity ; ; Fine-tuning and metaphysical issues ; Fine-tuning and anthropic principles ; Fine-tuning and observational selection effects ; Fine-tuning and teleology ; Fine-tuning and God's existence -- The cosmic evolution equation : Possible universe ; Possible cosmic outcomes ; Robustness in cosmic evolution ; Artificial cosmogenesis -- Classical fine-tuning explanations : Skepticism ; Necessity ; Fecundity ; God of the gaps ; Chance of the gaps ; WAP of the gaps ; Multiverse ; Design -- Part III. Our future in the universe : 7. The future of scientific simulations : Toward a simulation of an entire universe ; Increase of computing resources ; Bridging gaps in cosmic evolution ; Replaying the tape of the universe ; Real-world and artificial-world modeling ; The simulation hypothesis -- 8. Cosmological selections : Evolutionary selection : Biological selection ; Cosmological selection ; Biological and cosmological fitness -- Cosmological natural selection : History ; Theory ; Objections -- Cosmological Artificial Selection : History ; From natural to artificial cosmological selection ; Six levels of universe making ; Objections: design and creation ; Objection: CAS versus other fine-tuning explanations ; Objection: the causal issue ; Objection: the thermodynamic issue ; Objection: epistemological issues: science of philosophy? Objection: are simulation and realization possible? ; Objection: what motivation? ; Objection: no freedom in CAS? ; Four roads to Cosmological Artificial Selection ; The case for CAS -- 9. High energy astrobiology : Criteria for artificiality : What is your methodology fallacy? : Zen SETI ; The case for postbiology ; Global criteria ; Thermodynamic criteria ; Living systems criteria -- Two scales for civilizational development : Kardashev Scale: the energetic increase ; Barrow Scale: the inward manipulation -- Black holes as attractors for intelligence : Unknown black hole technology ; Energetic ; Societal ; Scientific ; Computational ; Philosophical -- Signs of starivores? : Two scales argument ; A partial visit to the binary zoo ; General arguments ; Thermodynamic arguments ; Living systems arguments ; Are pulsars artificial output transducers? -- Objections : Is it new? ; Dyson spheres versus starivores ; All all binaries extraterrestrial life? ; Postbiology? Are you serious? ; Is high temperature livable? ; Will we become starivores? ; Starivores' missing mass ; The explosive objection ; The candle objection ; The fridge objection -- 10. Cosmological ethics and immortality : Thermodynamic values : Information ethics ; Thermodynamic ethics -- Evolutionary values : The fallacious naturalistic fallacy ; Egoism-altruism trade-off ; Stability-adaptability trade-off ; Specialist-generalist trade-off ; Exploration-exploitation trade-off ; Competition-cooperation trade-off ; r-K selection trade-off -- Developmental values : Cybernetic values ; Progress in evolutionary progress ; Developmental values for humans ; Developmental values for societies ; Universal thermodynamics evolutionary developmental values? -- Voyage to five immortalities : Spiritual immortality ; Individual immortality ; Creative immortality ; Evolutionary immortality ; Cosmological immortality -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: A cosmic evolutionary worldview -- Appendix II: Argumentative maps
Control code
869267118
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiv, 379 pages
Isbn
9783319050614
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014932829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)869267118
Label
The beginning and the end : the meaning of life in a cosmological perspective, Clément Vidal
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-373) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Overview of worldviews : 1. The six dimensions of philosophy : First-order questions -- Second-order questions -- Necessity to have a worldview -- Implicit and explicit worldviews -- A cybernetic model of a worldview -- 2. Criteria for worldview comparison : A quest for criteria : Metaphilosophy ; The big three ; Bootstrapping the criteria ; Relativity, not relativism -- Criteria for worldview comparison : Objective consistency ; Scientificity ; Scope ; Subjective consistency ; Personal utility ; Emotionality ; Intersubjective consistency ; Collective utility ; Narrativity -- Assessment test : Testing the components ; Testing the dimensions ; Testing the big three -- 3. Religious, scientific, and philosophical worldviews : Religious worldviews : Intelligent design versus flying spaghetti monsterism ; Psychological and societal strengths of religions ; Failures of tradition -- Scientific worldviews : Systems theory as a universal language for science ; Problem-solving approach ; Universal Darwinism ; Limitations of scientific worldviews -- Philosophical worldviews : The way to philosophical worldviews ; One or several worldviews? ; Analogies for philosophical worldviews ; Nonviolent worldview communication ; The extreme worldview agenda -- Part II. The beginning of the universe : 4. Origins of the origin : Five challenges for the ultimate explanations : Epistemological ; Metaphysical ; Thermodynamic ; Causal ; Infinity -- The point as a cognitive attractor : Origin with foundation ; Points in everyday life ; God's point ; Big Bang's point -- The cycle as a cognitive attractor ; Origin without foundation ; Cycles in everyday life ; Big Bang(s) cycles ; Objections against cycles -- Points, cycles and beyond : More attractors ; Line and combinations ; Cosmological models -- 5. Capturing free parameters : Analogical reasoning in science -- The physical universe -- The mathematical universe -- The computational universe -- The biological universe -- 6. The fine-tuning conjecture : Fine-tuning fallacies : Probabilistic fallacies ; Physical fallacies ; Fine-tuning disproofs -- Fine-tuning and other issues : Fine-tuning and free parameters ; Fine-tuning and parameter sensitivity ; ; Fine-tuning and metaphysical issues ; Fine-tuning and anthropic principles ; Fine-tuning and observational selection effects ; Fine-tuning and teleology ; Fine-tuning and God's existence -- The cosmic evolution equation : Possible universe ; Possible cosmic outcomes ; Robustness in cosmic evolution ; Artificial cosmogenesis -- Classical fine-tuning explanations : Skepticism ; Necessity ; Fecundity ; God of the gaps ; Chance of the gaps ; WAP of the gaps ; Multiverse ; Design -- Part III. Our future in the universe : 7. The future of scientific simulations : Toward a simulation of an entire universe ; Increase of computing resources ; Bridging gaps in cosmic evolution ; Replaying the tape of the universe ; Real-world and artificial-world modeling ; The simulation hypothesis -- 8. Cosmological selections : Evolutionary selection : Biological selection ; Cosmological selection ; Biological and cosmological fitness -- Cosmological natural selection : History ; Theory ; Objections -- Cosmological Artificial Selection : History ; From natural to artificial cosmological selection ; Six levels of universe making ; Objections: design and creation ; Objection: CAS versus other fine-tuning explanations ; Objection: the causal issue ; Objection: the thermodynamic issue ; Objection: epistemological issues: science of philosophy? Objection: are simulation and realization possible? ; Objection: what motivation? ; Objection: no freedom in CAS? ; Four roads to Cosmological Artificial Selection ; The case for CAS -- 9. High energy astrobiology : Criteria for artificiality : What is your methodology fallacy? : Zen SETI ; The case for postbiology ; Global criteria ; Thermodynamic criteria ; Living systems criteria -- Two scales for civilizational development : Kardashev Scale: the energetic increase ; Barrow Scale: the inward manipulation -- Black holes as attractors for intelligence : Unknown black hole technology ; Energetic ; Societal ; Scientific ; Computational ; Philosophical -- Signs of starivores? : Two scales argument ; A partial visit to the binary zoo ; General arguments ; Thermodynamic arguments ; Living systems arguments ; Are pulsars artificial output transducers? -- Objections : Is it new? ; Dyson spheres versus starivores ; All all binaries extraterrestrial life? ; Postbiology? Are you serious? ; Is high temperature livable? ; Will we become starivores? ; Starivores' missing mass ; The explosive objection ; The candle objection ; The fridge objection -- 10. Cosmological ethics and immortality : Thermodynamic values : Information ethics ; Thermodynamic ethics -- Evolutionary values : The fallacious naturalistic fallacy ; Egoism-altruism trade-off ; Stability-adaptability trade-off ; Specialist-generalist trade-off ; Exploration-exploitation trade-off ; Competition-cooperation trade-off ; r-K selection trade-off -- Developmental values : Cybernetic values ; Progress in evolutionary progress ; Developmental values for humans ; Developmental values for societies ; Universal thermodynamics evolutionary developmental values? -- Voyage to five immortalities : Spiritual immortality ; Individual immortality ; Creative immortality ; Evolutionary immortality ; Cosmological immortality -- Conclusion -- Appendix I: A cosmic evolutionary worldview -- Appendix II: Argumentative maps
Control code
869267118
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxiv, 379 pages
Isbn
9783319050614
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2014932829
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)869267118

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