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"Once again, Gardner takes on the biggest of themesthe function and future of the universe. Could it be that life, a humble bit of dirty chemistry on a tiny planet, is actually the 'man behind the curtain,' pulling the levers that will actually guide the future of an entire cosmos? This book dares to tread on a landscape that few other writers have yet imagined. Provocative and prescient."

                                  Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

"You may not agree with everything in this book, but I guarantee you will be challenged to rethink your basic assumptions about the universe, theology and life itself. This beautifully written cosmic journey takes you to the outermost realm of current thinking about the universe and our place in it. It is a journey that will raise your cosmic consciousness, and it is a journey that humanity needs to undertake."

                                 Dr. Steven J. Dick, Chief Historian, NASA

"Jim Gardner is a man who thinks BIG! And it doesn't come any bigger than the universe itself. This profound meditation on the future of the universe and the central role intelligence plays in that drama will keep you enthralled with the possibility that we ARE the universe. Bon voyage on the intellectual journey of the year!"

                                 Dr. John Casti, Wissenschaftzentrum Wien and IIASA, Vienna, Austria, and Author of Paradigms Lost and The Cambridge Quintet

"If you enjoy engaging with big 'what if' questions, then you'll no doubt get a kick out of The Intelligent Universe."



“This book is an amazing update of the transhumanist thinking of the 1970's.”

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