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Dark Energy And Life's Ultimate Future

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The discovery of the present accelerated expansion of space changed everything regarding cosmology and life's ultimate prospects. Both the optimistic scenarios of an ever (but decelerated) expanding universe and of a collapsing universe seem to be no longer available. The final future looks deadly dark. However, the fate of the universe and intelligence depends crucially on the nature of the still mysterious dark energy which drives the accelerated expansion. Depending on its – perhaps time-dependent – equation of state, there is a confusing number of different models now, popularly called Big Rip, Big Whimper, Big Decay, Big Crunch, Big Brunch, Big Splat, etc. This paper briefly reviews possibilities and problems. It also argues that even if our universe is finally doomed, perhaps that doesn't matter ultimately because there might be some kind of eternal recurrence.

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Vaas, Ruediger
Additional Information: Vaas, Rüdiger (2006): Dark Energy and Life's Ultimate Future. In: Burdyuzha, Vladimir (Ed.): The Future of Life and the Future of our Civilization. Springer: Dordrecht 2006, pp. 231-247. ISBN 978-1-4020-4967-5
Keywords: Cosmology, Universe, Dark Energy, Cosmological Constant, Quintessence, Phantom Energy, Inflation, Quantum Gravity, Far Future, Life, Intelligence
Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
Specific Sciences > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Ruediger Vaas
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:15
Item ID: 3271

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