Theoretical physicists think humans are screwing up the blueprint of the universe
The universe began with a Big Bang. Everything that was ever going to be anything was compacted into a little ball of anything, then it exploded outward and the universe began to expand.
At least, that’s one way of looking at it. Corn emerging new theories and age-old philosophical claims are beginning to gain a foothold in cutting-edge research in quantum physics. And it’s starting to look more and more like we might be the center of the universe after all.
This does not mean that the Earth or the Milky Way is at the geographic center of the universe. It would be arrogant to make such a literal assumption.
I say humans are the figurative center of the universe. Because, theoretically, we are gods.
It is a two-part. We must first establish that the universe is conscious. This may not be the case, but for the sake of argument, let’s say we agree with the growing number of scientists supporting the theory.
Here is a quote I found in The mind matters that explains it well. This is from Tim Andersen of Georgia Tech, a quantum physics researcher:
The key to understanding Will is to examine our own sense of consciousness. We have, in a sense, two levels of consciousness. The first is experience. We experience the color and smell of a flower. Therefore, we are aware of it. The second is that we are aware of it. It is a meta-consciousness that we sometimes call reflection. I reflect on my awareness of the flower.
Andersen refers to “willpower” as an underlying force in the universe that is analogous to consciousness.
The main thing is that everything is capable of experience. If you kick a rock, it experiences force, speed and gravity. He cannot reflect on these experiences and therefore the rock itself is able to change nothing on its own.
It is aware because it exists. And, because it doesn’t exist. It’s not actually a rock, but a bunch of molecules smashed together. And they’re not really molecules. They are particles crushed together. And so on.
Eventually you get to the quantum version of bedrock, and the entire universe is just an infinite amount of much the same as it was at the exact moment before the Big Bang happened.
When a rock is not a rock
So our rock is a rock, but it’s not a rock either because we can clearly see that it’s just regular universe material if you look closely enough. A tree, a rock, a Volvo, an AI journalist named Tristan: there isn’t much difference between these “things” in the quantum realm.
It’s a bit like Minecraft. No matter what you build, it’s just ones and zeros on a computer chip.
Here’s where things get cool. The rock, for some reason, does not seem to experience secondary consciousness. As Andersen explains, the rock cannot reflect on its experience.
But humans can. Not only can we experience, for example, falling, but we can also reflect on that experience and create change based on that reflection.
What’s even more interesting, from a cosmic perspective, is that we can internalize the experiences of other humans and use them to inform our decision-making. We are able to reflect on the thoughts of others.
This implies that human free will is the only known entity in the universe capable of bringing about change based on conscious reflection.
The rock can never choose not to fall, but humans can. We can even choose to fly instead.
A post-human universe
The result of our existence is that the whole trajectory of the universe is potentially modified. Whatever the particles of the universe were going to do before the emergence of humanity, their course has been changed.
Who knows what changes we’ve made to the cosmos. We’ve only been around a few million years and our planet already looks like a brotherhood after a kegger.
What will the galaxy look like when we can travel to its edges in months or weeks? What happens when we can traverse the universe?
It’s possible there’s a clever creator out there laughing right now. Or perhaps the “plan” of the universe has always included the creation and evolution of humans.
But the evidence, of which it is true that there is very little, says the opposite.
Quantum physics is a strong argument for universal consciousness, and if so, it is difficult to define human experience without separating out what is capable of “thinking” from what is uniquely capable of ” experience”.
If it turns out that we are the only entities capable of producing a secondary reality from universal consciousness, well, that would be something.
i’m not saying that you are the GodI’m just pointing out that you are the one thing in the entire universe that we can show as evidence of free will and the ability to reflect on one’s experiences.
Perhaps our ability to reflect on consciousness itself is what allows us experiential reality manifest. We think, therefore all is.
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