Are we cosmically (in)significant?

 

Are we cosmically (in)significant?

Clement Vidal

Abstract:

The relationship between humanity and the cosmos is one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy.  How can we find a meaning to life if the second law of thermodynamics says that everything is doomed to oblivion?  How can we understand the big history of our universe, and use this understanding to envision a big future?  Could other intelligent civilizations in the galaxy already be on a path towards such a big future?  In this short presentation, we attempt to touch upon these most fascinating questions.