The Far-future Universe: Eschatology from a Cosmic Perspective

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Templeton Foundation Press, 2002 - 384 páginas
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Will our universe continue to expand 100 billion years from now? Does human life and all intelligence inevitably come to an end as the universe evolves? Could our present space be converted catastrophically in to a new kind of space governed by different physical laws? Can we construct a theology of the future universe? Would the continuation of the universe for eternity be a good thing? The Far-Future Universe presents eighteen provocative essays offering speculations on various scenarios for the future, from the perspectives of cosmology, physics, biology, humanity and theology. Other contributors consider global time, artificial intelligence, religious ideas about the end of the world, and the nature of existence. Stimulating, challenging and exciting, these visions of the far future are a starting point for further reflection and speculation.
 

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AN OVERVIEW
3
A Theological Perspective
12
The Far Far Future
23
Who Needs It?
41
Time of the Universe
53
Living in a Multiverse
65
Physics and Biology in
78
Exotic Genetic Materials and the Extent of Life
89
Games That End in a Bang or a Whimper
196
Artificial Intelligence and the Far Future
207
Cosmic Eschatology versus Human Eschatology
225
Cosmology and Religious Ideas about the
235
Eschatological Perspectives
249
A Preliminary
266
Natures of Existence Temporal and Eternal
316
Contributors
371

Does Biology Have an Eschatology and If
158
Does It Matter?
177

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