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New Theory Of Intelligence In Universe

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:34:29 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 07:34:29 -0500
Subject: New Theory Of Intelligence In Universe

Source: Casey Kazan's The Daily Galazy Blog


February 20 2007

Biocosm - A New Theory Of Intelligence In The Universe
Casey Kazan

Most great scientific advances are first attacked by the the
ruling status quo as heretical in either the religious or
scientific sense or both: Giordano Bruno, Copernicus, Galileo,
Newton, Einstein are vivid examples.

A new theory of evolution proposed by complexity theorist James
Gardner which he terms Biocosm in his book of that name,
proposes that the universe is not a random collection of
inorganic matter and life. That intelligence is not some cosmic
accident, and that intelligence and life are preprogrammed into
the physical laws of nature.

Gardner claims our universe was deliberately designed by a
superintelligent being or beings in a prior cosmic cycle. This
is definitely beyond the pale for most sober scientists.
However, BIOCOSM is based on essays Gardner has published in
prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals like Complexity
and the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society.

In his latest book, The Intelligent Universe: AI, ET, and the
Emerging Mind of the Cosmos, Gardner provides a third
alternative end of the universe, rather than either fire or
entropy -the birth of a new universe.

Biocosm is not an easygoing, "blow-your-mind look" at the
universe. Gardner is exhaustive in outlining his ideas,
explaining their falsifiability and scientific rigor, and
offering deep chaos theory to support them. Did our universe
create intelligent life in order to ensure its own reproduction?
Gardner thinks so, though he knows his position will irk many
cosmologists exhausted from battling pseudo scientists and

Gardner's list of supporters in impressive: "A novel perspective
on humankind's role in the universe," wrote Martin Rees, the
astronomer royal of Britain and a Cambridge colleague of Stephen
Hawking's. "There is little doubt that his ideas will change
yours," wrote Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in California. "A
magnificent one-stop account of the history of life," wrote
complexity theorist John Casti, a co-founder of the Santa Fe
Institute. Gardner has been welcomed at major planetariums and
legitimate scientific conferences, explaining his ideas to a
surprisingly interested public.

Farfetched? Yes, but the greatest advances in science use our
most powerful scientific tool: the human imagination.





Time Magazine Review:


[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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