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Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context

Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context [Kindle Edition]

Steven J. Dick , Mark L. Lupisella

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During the last 50 years, coincident with the Space Age, cosmic evolution has been recognized as the master narrative of the universe, history writ large. Cosmic evolution includes physical, biological, and cultural evolution, and of these the latter is by far the most rapid.

In this volume, authors with diverse backgrounds in science, history, anthropology, and more, consider culture in the context of the cosmos. How does our knowledge of cosmic evolution affect terrestrial culture? Conversely, how does our knowledge of cultural evolution affect our thinking about possible cultures in the cosmos? Are life, mind, and culture of fundamental significance to the grand story of the cosmos that has generated its own self-understanding through science, rational reasoning, and mathematics? Might this lead to cultural evolution on a large enough scale to allow the universe to both create and steer itself toward its own destiny?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8833 KB
  • Print Length: 612 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (23 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z2CNVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural evolution goes cosmic! 10 Aug 2013
By Tim Tyler - Published on
This is a great look at cultural evolution in the cosmos. It's pretty far-out reading material, though. There's a lot of material about cosmic evolution of universes, anthropic reasoning, SETI and what happens to mature civilizations. Many of the contributors discuss cultural evolution intelligently, make use concepts from memetics, and generally know what they are talking about. As contributors, we have Blackmore on temes, Dennettt on memes, Gardner on the intelligent universe, John Smart on the amazing future, Paul Davies - and many others. However, the book is jam packed with wild speculation about far-future events and possible alien evolution - and other material on the fringes of science. I liked it, but this may not be for everyone.
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