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Big Historical Foundations for Deep Future Speculations

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Ondertitel:Cosmic Evolution, Atechnogenesis, and Technocultural Civilization
Big historians are attempting to construct a general holistic narrative of human origins enabling an approach to studying the emergence of complexity, the relation between evolutionary processes, and the modern context of human experience and actions. In this paper I attempt to explore the past and future of cosmic evolution within a big historical foundation characterized by physical, biological, and cultural eras of change. From this analysis I offer a model of the human future that includes an addition and/or reinterpretation of technological singularity theory with a new theory of biocultural evo- lution focused on the potential birth of technological life: the theory of atechnogenesis. Furthermore, I explore the potential deep futures of technological life and extrapolate towards two hypothetical versions of an ‘Omega Civilization’: expansion and compression.
Tijdschrift: Foundations of Science
ISSN: 1233-1821
Issue: 1
Volume: 22
Pagina's: 39-124
Aantal pagina's: 86
Jaar van publicatie:2017
Trefwoorden:Anthropology, Big history, Evolution, Futures, Philosophy, Singularity