The symbiotic universe: life and mind in the cosmos
Attempting to explain that human existence is utterly astonishing, Greenstein looks deep into the cosmos, examining the remarkable series of coincidences and unlikely circumstances our existence depends on. He suggests, by the theory of quantum mechanics, that human existence is the effect of a gigantic symbiosis. Photos, drawings, an index and glossary.
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missions to Mars had this as one of their primary objectives: Two unmanned
vehicles landed upon that planet and conducted extensive biological tests there.
Earth-based radio telescopes have also searched long and hard for
transmissions beamed toward us by extraterrestrial civilizations. To date all of
these efforts have proved unsuccessful. Some scientists argue that these failures
demonstrate life to be a rare occurrence in the cosmos. We may be alone. An
opposing strong body ...
But among all the scientists who have thought about the subject, only a very few
have taken the last crucial step of emphasizing the essential mystery of life's
existence. The first was Lawrence J. Henderson, professor of biological chemistry
at Harvard around the turn of the century, who in 1913 published a profoundly
significant book entitled The Fitness of the Environment. Although Henderson
lived long before the formulation of the Anthropic Principle and the contemporary
surge of ...
I figured it would be amusing to know the conditions required for life to arise in
the universe — amusing and probably instructive, but hardly of great significance.
At the time I was entirely unaware of Henderson's work on the fitness of the
environment, and of Wald's long series of articles on the subject. But as I read the
works of other scientists, I set myself the task of summarizing their conclusions in
the form of a list, an actual piece of paper sitting before me on the desk. Initially
that list ...
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Greenstein expounds upon physicist Brandon Carter's "Anthropic Principle,'' which argues that "if some feature of the natural world is required for our existence, then it must indeed be the case.'' He ... Read full review