Can Humans Create a New Universe to the Save Our Current One?
After we've extended the human lifespan exponentially and created the means for quick interstellar travel, humanity will set its sights on the ultimate goal: saving our universe from certain destruction.
What's the Latest?
After we've saved our planet from the effects of climate change, extended the human lifespan exponentially, and created the means for quick interstellar travel, humanity will set its sights on the ultimate goal: saving our universe from certain destruction. In his new book, The Beginning and the End, the young French philosopher Clément Vidal places age-old questions of value in the context of our present scientific and cosmological knowledge. "Are Good and Evil relevant notions on the cosmological scale? What is the meaning of our lives if all trace of our civilization is destined to disappear with the Universe?"
What's the Big Idea?
For Vidal, the ultimate goal of science must be to prevent the death of universe, which is scheduled to fizzle out in an event called the Big Chill about a googol years from now (that's 1 followed by 100 zeros). The best way to nullify the effects of our own dying universe would be to create a new one through the use of artificial cosmogony, meaning that once we understand more fully how this universe came into existence, we develop the technology to start another of our own. This probably entails, according to Vidal, existing as a disembodied collective consciousness--achieving a concept called the noosphere.
Read more at World Crunch
Photo credit: Shutterstock
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
No, depression is not just a type of 'affluenza' – poor people in conflict zones are more likely candidates
- Often seen as typical of rich societies, depression is actually more prevalent in poor, conflict-ridden countries
- More than one in five Afghans is clinically depressed – a sad world record
- But are North Koreans really the world's 'fourth least depressed' people?
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
Two new studies say yes. Unfortunately, each claims a different time.
- Research at the Weizmann Institute of Sciences declares evening to be the best time for an exercise session.
- Not so fast, says a new study at UC Irvine, which replies that late morning is the optimal workout time.
- Both studies involved mice on treadmills and measured different markers to produce their results.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.