Monday, March 21, 2016

Is The Universe Alive?

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the third episode of the third season of Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole to explore the possibility that our Cosmos may be alive and self-aware - a  Superorganism of sorts.

Could our universe's collection of stars, galaxies, and black holes follow the same rules of existence as biological life? The cosmos itself may be a superorganism, a collection of separate bodies that act like a single being — just like ants in a colony.

One scientist believes cities are superorganisms and perhaps our universe is a super-scaled up version of these metropolises.

One bold thinker hypothesizes that our universe may have emerged from a set of laws similar to biological evolution. Like we pass DNA from parent to child, the cosmos may also produce offspring that inherit its genetic make up. And the seeds of these cosmic births could exist inside black holes, the endpoints in the death of massive stars.

If the universe is a replicating, living being, one visionary thinks he's found its pulse. Energetic particles called neutrinos may propel our universe to expand and contract every trillion years — like a slow beating heart — as it moves from one life cycle to another. And if it has a heart, it must have a brain. Our universe could function like a giant quantum computer, processing and storing information on everything we see around us. And we might be able to find its program.

But could space and time be merely a physical illusion created by our own minds? One renegade researcher contends the universe is alive in our imaginations. Without us, it ceases to exist.

This episode of Through the Wormhole hosted by Morgan Freeman is available direct from

Through the Wormhole - Is The Universe Alive? 

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