What next? Physical law as an alien intelligence?


Hubble Ultra-Deep Field/NASA

Yes. From astrophysicist Caleb Sharf at Nautilus:

Alien life could be so advanced it becomes indistinguishable from physics.

After all, if the cosmos holds other life, and if some of that life has evolved beyond our own waypoints of complexity and technology, we should be considering some very extreme possibilities. Today’s futurists and believers in a machine “singularity” predict that life and its technological baggage might end up so beyond our ken that we wouldn’t even realize we were staring at it. That’s quite a claim, yet it would neatly explain why we have yet to see advanced intelligence in the cosmos around us, despite the sheer number of planets it could have arisen on—the so-called Fermi Paradox.

In other words, life might not just be in the equations. It might be the equations. More.

This is the most original way we have heard of to get around both the fine tuning of the universe and the absence of aliens. The fine tuning (the constants, the equations) is the aliens. And, as with the multiverse, we can never know if the thesis is true or not.

It sounds as though the final triumph of science will be its demise.

See also:Supersymmetry a beautiful idea, lacking only evidence

How do we grapple with the idea that ET might not be out there?


Copernicus, you are not going to believe who is using your name. Or how.

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