Cosmological Immortality: Evolutionary Developmental Ethics on a Universal Scale

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 Cosmological Immortality: Evolutionary Developmental Ethics on a Universal Scale

Clement Vidal (VUB)

 

Abstract:

Most ethical principles, religious or not, are based on wisdom acquired through a few millenia. This may seem a long time but once we take a cosmological perspective, even millenia are insignificant. The field of evolutionary ethics makes a big leap by embracing evolutionary time scales (millions of years). Can we continue to extend our ethical reflections, principles and theories up to the 14 billion years of cosmic evolution? What is the ultimate good in the universe? Evolutionary ethics concludes that survival is the most important value. But survival of what? and for how long? How can we aim for infinite survival, that is, for immortality?
 

We first outline evolutionary values (e.g. fitness, robustness, adaptation, competition, cooperation); developmental values for individuals (e.g. cognitive, emotional and moral development); developmental values for societies (e.g. rationality increase, violence decrease) and thermodynamical values (e.g. making the most of free energy; limiting entropy production). Striving toward the ultimate good in the longest term, we then propose a voyage to five kinds of immortalities: spiritual, individual, creative, evolutionary and cosmic. We show how they are correlative to the definition and development of the self. Evolutionary, developmental and thermodynamical values promise to be robust ethical principles because proven through the wisdom of billion years of cosmic evolution. As an application, the age-old longing for immortality is reworked in a cosmological perspective.

More information on this topic:

- On cosmic ethics:

Lupisella, Mark L. 2009. Cosmocultural Evolution: The Coevolution of Culture and Cosmos and the Creation of Cosmic Value. In Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context, ed. Steven J. Dick and Mark L. Lupisella, 321-359. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, NASA SP-2009-4802. http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4802.pdf.

- On thermodynamics ethics:

Robert A. Freitas Jr., 1979-2010 Xenology: An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intelligence, and Civilization, First Edition, Xenology Research Institute, Sacramento, CA. (especially: http://www.xenology.info/Xeno/25.1.3.htm)

- See also Wikipedia's articles about immortality and developmental psychology.

 

 Link to the slides of the presentation: http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/ECCO/Seminars/Vidal-Cosmological-Immortality.pdf