O.K. this is even harder than rocket science, but I find this stuff irresistible. Kenneth Silber writes a short piece for Tech Central Station on "Selfish Baby Universes."
Has an Oregon lawyer discovered the secret of the universe?
This question arises in connection with a new book titled Biocosm, by James N. Gardner. Gardner presents an imaginative, even bizarre, speculation about life’s role in the cosmos. Gardner’s hypothesis is called the "Selfish Biocosm." It states that intelligent life plays a key role in a cosmological cycle whereby the universe, over enormous timescales, creates new copies of itself. The laws of physics, in this view, strongly favor the emergence of life and intelligence -- and indeed are designed to do so. However, this design is not of supernatural origin. Biocosm (Inner Ocean Publishing) carries the subtitle "The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe."