Theories about the Universe are growing, getting stranger, while always seeming to prove Einstein’s thinking. The more we observe, the more curious we become, and the more curious we become, the more money we give to scientists to present theories that impress people with money. Then the people with money give them more money. And more questions.
And more theories are presented.
The latest are so far out there that we would dust off the straitjacket just a few years ago and approach them with caution.
One of the latest theories about the Universe is that it is a ‘being’ of some sort. While this tallies with what many spiritualists have believed for centuries, it is a theory that one Caleb Scharf of Columbia University believes is certainly conceivable.
So, are we bacteria lurking somewhere in the being – the gut or the brain, perhaps?
And does this mean that the Big Bang was actually the Big Birth, which means that the Universe is probably one of a family, which means that the number of Universes could be as great as, say, the number of people on our tiny little ‘Earth’?
This may sound scary, but we are restricted to a tiny and fixed perspective. We think the Universe is big (and it is by our standards) when, in fact, it could be quite tiny by other standards.
This theory might explain why we haven’t met aliens yet. If you were a microbe in the gut or brain (let’s say brain), meeting a microbe from the lungs would be pointless, and we probably wouldn’t recognise it anyway.
Scharf does not put forward any mathematical formulae to promote his theories about the Universe, but he does say that if the Universe was a being from a civilisation so old and so advanced, it would seem like magic if we ever ‘saw’ it. It would not even be, says Scharf, like showing up amongst a bunch of Neolithic people with a smartphone and a decent watch. They would recognise you as human and would ‘soon be taking selfies.’
The Universe is so vast and so different – made up mainly of stuff we do not even know how to question – that if a small and fixed perspective did not restrict us, then we would order the straitjacket for ourselves.
If you accept the possibility that the Universe is a being, then it raises so many questions that your brain would be excused for trying to crawl out of your ear.
- What are we?
- Why are we here?
- Why are we trying to get out of here and into ‘space’?
- What is space?
- Why do we ask all these questions?
And if you accept that the Universe is a being, then all the other theories about the Universe that are circulating at the moment seem a little pedestrian in comparison.
Are there Dyson Spheres around black holes, generating energy on an unthinkable scale? Mind you, the other day, scientists experimented with fusion energy that heated a nodule to temperatures higher than the surface of the sun, so we can probably already cope with that level of strange.
The answer is that we really, simply, do not know and have no way of finding out. This, luckily, will not stop us from having more and more theories about the Universe. And that, if nothing else, is interesting.