If reductionism seeks knowledge by extrapolating into the past that which mankind has managed to perceive thus far of the universe, so too can not holism extrapolate likewise into the future?
Science recognizes evolution and emergence as valid processes of change. It is from stardust and slime that mankind has gradually been transformed into a somewhat more complex form, but can we assume that such long-term processes have now suddenly stopped, or worse yet, would it be wise to assume that whatever it was that brought us into being has not occurred time and again elsewhere within our vast universe? So what might an extra billion years or so of evolution and emergence mean to such a scheme of things?
On a closer note, assuming that fate disallows any more planetary catastrophes, then into what kind of being or form will homo sapiens (or any other such strange entities as may exist in the universe) transform and what technologies might exist given no more than another million years or so beyond where we currently stand? Any honest assessment would include that whatever beings as might exist could appear as something currently unimaginable to us and could perhaps even appear as all-powerful, all-knowing, magically endowed, etc., etc. Assuming that mankind can absolve itself of its "center of the universe" complex, is it probable that a level of evolution significantly more advanced than our own has not already occurred?
Under our current Cosmology there is no mathematical difference between the infinite simplicity* of the "big bang" singularity and the infinite complexity of our seemingly endless universe which reportedly continues to expand faster than the speed of light. That is nice because by such reasoning it still appears that either one divided by the other will give the answer "1". Alternatively, some of our bright fellows might propose that such a division would yield "0" but I digress. Perhaps we'll even figure out the secret to "ultimate power" before something comes along and kills us all wherein we will become nothing more than a hopefully interesting moot point to whomever or whatever remains
*(is that an oxymoron or what?)
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