Well, it is obvious that over time the universe has 'become' more than what it was in the past... and that, as time passes, it will 'become' more than what it is at present... just as it is evident that here on earth, life has 'become' more than what it was in the past... and (unless we destroy ourselves) will continue to 'become' more than what it is right now... all in accordance with totally natural and un-directed processes... self-organizing complex systems.
But... 'become' WHAT?
It is conceiveable that the universe may (has?) achieve a level of complexity where emergence may (has?) result in some kind of consciousness. We KNOW (via Bell's Theorem) that 'reality' is 'non-local'... i.e., that communication (exchange of information) CAN and DOES take place superluminally.
Consider a photon of light emitted from a star 50 million light-years away. You look in a telescope and that photon intereacts with your eye... and you 'see' the star. From YOUR perspective, the photon has been in transit for 50 million years, over that huge distance of 50 million light-years. From the perspective of the photon, however, the distance travelled was ZERO, and the time involved was ZERO... emission-to-eyeball... instantly. Which perspective is the CORRECT one? Your perspective? The photons's perspective? Both? Neither? Looking at this from the perspective of an outside observer (me), it would seem that the photon 'knew'... at the moment that it was emitted... that it was going to end up in YOUR EYEBALL... 50 million years later. That seems both logical and nonsensical at the same time. So... the ONLY thing that can be said here with any certainty at all, is THIS: "There's somethig amazing going on here... and we don't get it." But WHY is it amazing"... BECAUSE... we don't get it.
It is conceiveable that we are all small-scale elements in the universe's efforts to understand itself... but even if that were the case, from OUR perspective it would likely have NO SIGNIFICANCE whatsoever. Considering the vast differences in scales of time and distance, our significance in the overall scheme would be so minute as to be entirely irrelevant. From the perspective of the universe, the whole span of human existence and accomplishment would be no more significant than... say... a lone traveller in the middle of a desert, 500 miles from the nearest other person... burping... once... considered over the entire span of human existence from OUR perspective.
Imagine one of your liver cells... contemplating YOU.
So... even if there is merit to this line of speculation, the chances of it being in any way significant are probably non-existent...
... remember the photon? Might there be a way to intereact on a level that is not presently evident to us? There are a lot of strange, unexplainable occurrences that seem to... occur... and I've had some of them happen to me. I have no doubt that they are 'natural'... but we presently have no intellectual basis upon which to understand them. But these types of occurrences may HINT that it is possible for our 'instrument' (body/mind) to naturally make some kinds of connection of a higher order than what we are presently aware of. What is necessary is to try and pursue those possibilities WITHOUT giving in to the temptation to wrap them up in delusional fantasies involving supernatural entities and invisible, magical sky-fairies... all for the sake of providing some sort of delusional platform from which to INTEPRET such occurrences... and for the sake of quelling 'cognitive dissonance'. Cognitive dissonance is our friend... it lets us know that there is work to be done... the work of understanding.
It is the EXPERIENCE that matters... not our INTEPRETATION of it. Experience provides us with facts... facts which require explanation. Interpretation of those facts on the basis of delusional fantasies and imaginings adds nothing but chaos and confusion.
EXCELLENT question, by the way. Gonna have to add you to my contacts.
· 1 decade ago