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In the Beginning The Birth of the Living Universe

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EfacePrologueThe Birth of the UniverseWhat is LifeWhat is the UniverseIs the Universe AliveFurther ReadingInde This is a fairly decent book if you want to challenge your standard routine accepted view of reality Gribbin takes the reader on a tour of our cosmos Our is used advisedly given our status as specks in the vastness of spacetime whatever that term really means Gribben presents three main challenges to the reader First life didn't start on earth but was imported from space Living molecules in space landed on earth and the rest is our history Second as much as we are fond of our earth it is just a wee part of one vast vast vast black hole Gribben in fact says our known universe from the beginnings of time to its ongoing present expansion today is a black hole This is of course an expansive concept and he makes a point at noting he was the first to advance this idea back in 1971 Third like ourselves and the Gaian earth not just our universe but the cosmos itself is alive spawning numerous universes with some universes successful than others at life defining replicating like universes These seem to be the main themes that seem to get smothered a bit by uite a lot of detail but they are provocative thoughts to ponder

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Analyzes the conseuences of the most recent discoveries in the field of astronomy discussing the findings of t During the pandemic I have been pulling off old books from my shelf that I have never actually read so I decided to give In the Beginning a tryNearly 30 years ago Gribbin produced an excellently written book as usual this time on cosmology and the origins of life There are some very good explanations of astronomical topics the cosmic microwave background and so on but the book is very much out of date the edition I read was from 1993 and the assertions about the Earth Galaxy and Universe being literally alive albeit no claim of them being conscious are in my book at least sensationalistic and completely indefensible As far as I can tell the events Gribbin attributes to evolution in the sense that life forms evolve are completely physical and bear no evidence of life than eruption of a geyser or the formation of a crystal lattice But do keep in mind that it is an old book and Gribbin may well have altered his viewpointIn general even if the claim of the Universe being alive were realistic it does not broach the subject of ultimate origin as to why the physical laws are such as they are except the common conjecture that there may be an infinitude of universe each with different laws and we happen to have one where life is possible The is no mention that I could see of a reason that there are an infinitude of universes which would be the next obvious uestion I am not suggesting Intelligent Design or any intervention of a deity but the uestion of Why is there something rather than nothing first articulated by Leibnitz I think is all that Gribbin attempts to answer Basically as with other cosmologists and physicists he says that they Universe may have come from nothing literally as a separation of negative energy eg gravity and positive energy matter exactly cancel each other out leaving nothingBut this only describes a potential process saying nothing at all as to why the process is even possible This in my opinion is the ultimate uestion and one that probably can not be answered to the satisfaction of limited human mindOverall the level of writing of In the Beginning is topnotch and the book was good in its day for the astronomical descriptions it gives But today there are many other current choices The Conqueror's Lady / The Mercenary's Bride / His Enemy's Daughter recent discoveries in the field of astronomy discussing the findings of t During the pandemic I have been pulling off old books from my shelf that I have never actually Cowboy Smith read so I decided to give In the Beginning a tryNearly 30 years ago Gribbin produced an excellently written book as usual this time on cosmology and the origins of life There are some very good explanations of astronomical topics the cosmic microwave background and so on but the book is very much out of date the edition I Cries in the Night read was from 1993 and the assertions about the Earth Galaxy and Universe being literally alive albeit no claim of them being conscious are in my book at least sensationalistic and completely indefensible As far as I can tell the events Gribbin attributes to evolution in the sense that life forms evolve are completely physical and bear no evidence of life than eruption of a geyser or the formation of a crystal lattice But do keep in mind that it is an old book and Gribbin may well have altered his viewpointIn general even if the claim of the Universe being alive were Justice at Cardwell Ranch realistic it does not broach the subject of ultimate origin as to why the physical laws are such as they are except the common conjecture that there may be an infinitude of universe each with different laws and we happen to have one where life is possible The is no mention that I could see of a Cowboy Who Came for Christmas reason that there are an infinitude of universes which would be the next obvious uestion I am not suggesting Intelligent Design or any intervention of a deity but the uestion of Why is there something Cradle of Solitude rather than nothing first articulated by Leibnitz I think is all that Gribbin attempts to answer Basically as with other cosmologists and physicists he says that they Universe may have come from nothing literally as a separation of negative energy eg gravity and positive energy matter exactly cancel each other out leaving nothingBut this only describes a potential process saying nothing at all as to why the process is even possible This in my opinion is the ultimate uestion and one that probably can not be answered to the satisfaction of limited human mindOverall the level of writing of In the Beginning is topnotch and the book was good in its day for the astronomical descriptions it gives But today there are many other current choices

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He COBE satellite which prove the Big Bang theory but pose other important uestions about the origin of lifePr It wasn't as good as I'd hoped Gribbin is great the concept of the Universe as evolutionary is great the data is greatIt wasn't convincing as a book the switches between biological systems and cosmological systems were not parallel enough for a sometimes high density reader who doesn't always read between the lines There was some disorganization I felt as Gribbin returned to definitions of life and evolution several times I did find a lot of it insightful including sections on Al 26 and the role it plays as well as some resonance and energy levels of certain nuclei which make the Universe as we know it Expanding my mind on some of the conseuences of Goldilocks numbers was extremely useful In addition the book's description on post Big Bang inflation and the temperature communication paradox is outstanding

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