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Dr. Clément Vidal is a philosopher with a background in logic and cognitive sciences. He is co-director of the 'Evo Devo Universe' community and founder of the 'High Energy Astrobiology' prize. To satisfy his intellectual curiosity when facing the big questions, he brings together many areas of knowledge such as cosmology, physics, astrobiology, complexity science, evolutionary theory, and philosophy of science.

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Wonderful work on an Important Topic 31 mai 2014
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Vidal investigates a most important question–whether modern scientific cosmology can satisfy our search for meaning in life. The book is a carefully and conscientiously crafted work of immense scope and daring imagination, one of the most important and timely books of the last few decades.

A briefest overview is as follows. Chapter 1 conducts a broad study of the philosophical method whose major aim, Vidal concludes, is to construct worldviews–comprehensive and coherent answers to big questions. Where do we come from? Where are we going? What should we do? What does it all mean? Chapter 2 develops criteria to test the strengths and weaknesses of these worldviews; Chapter 3 applies these criteria to various religious, philosophical and scientific worldviews; Chapters 4-6 investigate the question of the origin of the cosmos; chapters 7-8 study the question of the future of the cosmos; chapter 9 the question of whether we are alone in the cosmos; and Chapter 10 the possibility of a cosmological ethics.

Vidal is aware of the speculative nature of his work, but he reminds us that speculation plays a large part in the scientific and philosophical enterprises, it aims to solve scientific or philosophical problems. He knows his speculations could turn out to be wrong, but given the choice between careful speculation or silence, Vidal chooses the former. And we are glad he did. For his assiduous scholarship reveals the possibility that a scientific cosmology can provide a narrative which gives life meaning. A narrative so desperately needed as the old mythological ones become increasingly passé. And we are privileged to journey along with a well-ordered and visionary mind as it contemplates perhaps the most important question of our time–how do we find meaning in the cosmos revealed by modern science.

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Insightful, novel, and potentially ground breaking work 4 juin 2014
Par Cadell Last - Publié sur
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Clement Vidal boldly takes us to the very edges of knowledge in this work, and in so doing, helps advance and point science towards new fields of study. I think anyone with a technical background in fields related to space or evolutionary science would find this work to be extremely rewarding. However, I also think that Vidal writes with a clarity and wit that also makes this book of interest to anyone who has ever wondered about the ultimate fate of intelligence in the cosmos.

If you want to learn more about the book - I wrote a blog post on my website: [...]
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A well written first book and engaging exploration of astrobiology 22 août 2014
Par craig barberich - Publié sur
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Clement Vidal has written an engaging book that explores how and why we should use biological criteria to study our universe. While the astrobiology subject matter is deep and his research in philosophy, logic and cosmology is extensive, Mr. Vidal has done an amazing job making these concepts easily accessible to the novice reader. Furthermore many footnotes, recommended readings and extensive references serve as a jumping off point for those who want to go deeper. The early chapters on philosophy give way to what I believe is one of the core concepts of Mr. Vidal’s book – the “starivore”. According to Mr. Vidal, the biological evolution of the universe will lead intelligent entities to harness and metabolically live off the energy of stars (ie. starivores). He outlines in much more detail the logic for this thinking and includes several ideas for how we might test the existence of starivores with existing data. While others have explored somewhat similar concepts, (ie. Dyson spheres), Mr. Vidal applies a biological outlook that seems much less mechanical and more natural. I congratulate Mr. Vidal on a well written first book and will say that I am now back reading it a second time to further grasp more of the details he presents.
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Humankind, the universe, and deep time 4 novembre 2014
Par spudboy100 - Publié sur
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This is a splendid thesis by Prof. Clement Vidal, concerning as one writer had put many years ago "life the universe and everything." The focus of this book concentrates on how human society will be transformed and will adapt and will transform the cosmos and the aeons to come. this worker also deals with the idea of life mortality, immortality, and the deep, deep, future.
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Mind opening, deeply original thinking. Loved it. 9 mai 2015
Par merlinor - Publié sur
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In spite of my lack of scientific background, I found this book absolutely amazing.This philosophical reflection about the role and the meaning of intelligent life in the universe is deeply ambitious, original and thought provoking.The last chapter on ethics is beautiful and even moving.
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