The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective (The Frontiers Collection)

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“An outstandingly clear, comprehensive and systematic investigation of some of the deepest and most speculative questions of all time: How did the universe begin? How will it end? And what is the meaning of life in this cosmic evolution?” (Francis Heylighen, Director of the Global Brain Institute, research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

“Cutting-edge science is starting to discover a 'big picture' in which humans have the potential to play a key role in the future evolution of life in the universe. If you want your mind to be expanded so that it takes in this wider perspective, Clément Vidal's book is an absolute must read. His book is for everyone who wants to combine hard science with an understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.” (John Stewart, Author of Evolution's Arrow and The Evolutionary Manifesto)

 “This book is a magisterial work, a synthesis of systems theory, philosophy, cosmology, and life science. In a search for his own comprehensive and coherent worldview, Clément Vidal has come to some startling conclusions: evolution and simulation (and I would add, development) appear to operate at every scale within our universe, and can be used as a basis for a universal ethics. What's more, this view yields some surprisingly specific suspicions about the nature and drives of advanced extraterrestrial intelligence: starivores. If we, stewards of Earth, are on the starivore development path, this insight alone will prove as revolutionary as Darwin's 19th century elucidation of human evolution. It is exciting to see the many clues and arguments he presents, and to realize that Vidal's hypothesis can be tested here and now. He also walks his talk, as he has founded with me a research community (Evo Devo Universe) to explore and critique these fascinating ideas. I invite you to join us there. His quest is our quest, to ask and answer our biggest questions with more truth, goodness, and beauty than ever before.” (John Smart, President, Acceleration Studies Foundation,,; Co-founder,


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“Vidal (Free Univ. of Brussels) offers a large-scale interdisciplinary work packed with interesting and challenging ideas. ... Vidal’s book is an impressive work of up-to-date, scientifically informed philosophy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (L. B. McHenry, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

"In a very beautiful book, The Beginning and the End, published by Springer, Clément Vidal, a young French philosopher, succeeds in synthesizing what is at stake in the programmed disappearance. ... What is the ultimate goal of humanity, of science? For Clément Vidal, the answer to this latter question is clear: the ultimate goal of science is to fight the death of the universe, with the artificial creation of new universes." (quote translated into English, original book review in French language: Laurent Alexandre, Le monde, June 28, 2014)

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Verlag: Springer, 2014