Frank J. Tipler is Professor of Mathematical Physics at Tulane University. He is the co-author of (with John Barrow) The Anthropic Cosmological Principle, about the significance of intelligent life in the universe, and the author of The Physics of Immortality about the ultimate limits of computers, and the role computers will play in the universe, and The Physics of Christianity, about his scientific reserach into central Christian claims and beliefs.
The Omega Point Cosmology - Notes from Tipler Interview by Micah Redding
"The Omega Point Theory is both a physical theory of cosmology, and a proposal for the future of life in this universe.
I recently interviewed Tipler on the scientific, philosophical, and theological ramifications of his theory. Today, I’ll simply look at the proposal itself.
What would it take for life to survive all the way to the end of time?
Well, first of all, we’re going to have to get off this planet. Within 4 billion years, the sun will have expanded to engulf the entire earth. But even before that, just one billion years from now, the sun will have become so enlarged, all life on earth will be extinct.
This won’t simply be a tragedy for the human race—it will be a tragedy for all life.
But if we do leave the planet, we can carry life with us. All the species of plants and animals, ecosystems and living organisms, both currently living, and long extinct, can be brought back to life to flourish on new worlds.
With a supercomputer, the nano-machines we should have in a few years, and a virtual ‘Noah’s Ark’ of DNA sequences, we should be able to construct a lightweight spacecraft that can venture to other star systems, and seed new living worlds. And it should be able to do this at a substantial fraction of the speed of light.
So that’s the first step." - Micah Redding
- World Religion News - November 2014
- Ep 19: Frank Tipler & The End of the Universe
- Frank J. Tipler on Wikipedia
- Omega Point on Wikipedia