Assuming that people will prevail and continue through generations of time, there’ll almost certainly be a time when our descendants realize that their technology can govern better than natural-born people can. The probable outcome of the pursuit of technology is that it will surpass human abilities and eventually non-biological intelligence will surpass all human intelligence. Now before speculating on the ultimate goal of such technological progress, I’d like to ask; how does one explain or describe an underlying modifier, or underlying cause? Instead of trying to figure it out through the tight mathematical language of physics, let’s see if we can simply visualize it.
Let’s start with what we know: matter. We know that matter can be broken down into its smallest particle, the atom. Yet even the atom can be broken down into smaller and smaller particles. At some point, these particles get so small that they look like nothing but energy. Hence, we claim that the universe is made of energy.
It’s weird if you think about it. Energy can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon: matter, or atoms! Now that’s rather incredible. Think about that: during massive changes in scale (and in certain arrangements), energy becomes matter.
Let us continue. Matter can be added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon — matter becomes life!
I may be oversimplifying a bit. Mountains, planets, and stars are certainly on a massive scale other than atomic, but depending on the way things are wrapped up, another level of unique phenomenon can be achieved. Better yet, life can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, built up, and built up until it becomes another phenomenon called awareness!
(Again, it’s the type of wrapping up that determines the phenomenon achieved, but it’s rather amazing nonetheless.)
Let’s continue to speculate for a moment, but in the other direction. Is it possible that space can be wrapped up on itself, added upon itself, and built up until it becomes energy? And beyond that, is it possible that time can be wrapped up on itself and added upon and built up until it becomes space? And beyond that, is it possible that nothing can be wrapped up on itself and added upon and built upon until it becomes time?
Now that’s rather interesting—to think that there is a nothingness that permeates everything. And if this were true, then one could agree that this is one weird reality that we live in. It starts with nothing to create time, then time creates space, space creates energy, energy creates atoms, atoms create life, and life creates awareness. Then awareness creates what?
Or, we can look at it from this perspective:
Nothing begets time, time begets space, space begets energy, and energy begets the strong and weak nuclear forces, which in turn beget gravity and electromagnetism. Which then beget the next level, the strong and weak astronomical force—which is something quite speculative, since we can barely sense, with our high-powered telescopes, the dark voids of the universe simply through the effect they have on the rotation of the galaxies.
Assuming that there is another level, it’s obviously beyond the Newtonian level that we use to sense our reality.
Now the question is: do these different levels of phenomenon go on indefinitely? And is it possible that these primary forces of nature may be something solid? Is it merely our perspective that is creating these divisions between nuclear physics, Newtonian physics, and astrophysics? If that’s so, then our universe may be something that is repeatable.
Are we a side note, or are we necessary for the cycle to complete itself? And what’s next? What is the next level beyond awareness, or even beyond the astrophysics of space?