Dr. Clément Vidal is a philosopher with a background in logic and cognitive sciences. He is co-founder of the Evo Devo Universe community and founder of the High Energy Astrobiology prize. In 2014, he authored The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective. He is eager to tackle big questions, bringing together areas of knowledge such as cosmology, physics, astrobiology, complexity science or evolutionary theory.
In the last few decades, cosmology provided us great insights about our place in the universe. However, scientific worldviews strive to be value-free, leaving the problem of how we can give meaning to our lives. We need a broader philosophical worldview that attempts to answer our existential and ethical questions. This worldview will encourage people to find a meaning of life in harmony with cosmic evolution.
The main focus of Clément’s research is the origin of the Universe and its far-future. He is thus interested in the philosophy of evolutionary cosmology and its wide-ranging implications. He specifically explores the developmental aspect of our Universe. To this end, he cofounded a research community with John Smartexploring the idea of an Evolutionary Developmental (Evo Devo) Universe. He uses the worldview concept as a framework for integrating insights from different disciplines.
In his current research, he aims to:
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Vidal’s book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective, explores our future in a cosmological context. In particular, it offers hypotheses regarding how life, the universe, and evolution itself could survive on the largest time scales. It has been featured in the Huffington Post and H+ Magazine.
His papers include Cosmological Immortality: How to Eliminate Aging on a Universal Scale, Distributing Cognition:from Local Brains to the Global Brain, Starivore Extraterrestrials? Interacting Binary Stars as Macroscopic Metabolic Systems, Artificial Cosmogenesis: A New Kind of Cosmology, Black Holes: Attractors for Intelligence?,Metaphilosophical Criteria for Worldview Comparison,Computational and Biological Analogies for Understanding Fine-Tuned Parameters In Physics, and Fine-Tuning, Quantum Mechanics and Cosmological Artificial Selection. Read the full list of his publications!
Clément earned his Bachelor’s in Philosophy at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2002. He earned his Master’s in Philosophy at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2003. He earned his Master’s in Logic at the University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2004. He earned his Master’s in Cognitive Sciences at EHESS/ENS/Paris5/Paris6 in 2005. He earned his teaching diploma at Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2013.