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No More Big Ideas? Try These On for Size

Here are two gigantic concepts that will crack your head wide open.

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Frank J. Tipler

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September 4, 2011 - 12:00 am
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In contrast to Einstein and his contemporary physicists, we modern physicists rush out and explain our theories to the general pubic while we are developing them.

I just did.

And we modern physicists are more ambitious that Einstein.  We put forward Theories of EVERYTHING, theories that explain ALL forces and particles. Einstein was trying merely to unify gravity with electromagnetism.

And our reality is infinitely bigger than Einstein’s. We modern quantum physicists claim that reality is not a mere universe, but an uncountable infinity of universes just like our own. Don’t tell me that this is not BIG idea!

In fact, it’s not only a big idea, it’s an idea as revolutionary as Copernicus’s idea. Yet Gabler and the the New York Times are unaware of it. Yet many physicists have not only described it in technical articles, but also in popular articles, and even on television! See me and others describe it this September on the TV show Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. It is absolutely false as Gabler writes: “Intellectuals… would even occasionally be invited to the couches of late-night talk shows. How long ago that was.” I’ve been on talk shows. And the great Cal Tech physicist Kip Thorne is even today working on a movie about black holes with Steven Spielberg.

Then there is transhumanism: the evidence is very strong that sometime in this century (I predict by 2030, Ray Kurzweil by 2045) we will see the creation of computer programs that are fully equal to humans in mental ability.  At roughly the same time, we predict that humans will be able to download themselves into computers, and live forever.

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I myself have argued that a partnership between the artificial intelligences and human downloads will expand out from the Earth and eventually engulf the entire universe, taking control of the entire universe.

I challenge you to show any previous time in human history that advanced such big ideas.

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Frank J. Tipler is Professor of Mathematical Physics at Tulane University. He is the co-author of The Anthropic Cosmological Principle (Oxford University Press) and the author of The Physics of Immortality and The Physics of Christianity both published by Doubleday.
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