The Universe – More Like a Great Thought Than a Great Machine

By Bernard Haisch in Mystery on January 22nd, 2007 / 6 Comments

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-point Fields, And What\'s Behind It AllA remarkable discovery has gradually emerged in astrophysics over the past two decades and is now essentially undisputed: that certain key physical constants have just the right values to make life possible. In principle these constants could have taken on values wildly different from what they actually are, but instead they are in some cases within a few percent of the “just right” values permitting us to exist in this universe. As Sir Martin Rees, the British Astronomer Royal and one of the world’s foremost cosmologists writes in his widely read Just Six Numbers: “Our emergence and survival depend on very special ‘tuning’ of the cosmos – a cosmos that may be vaster than the universe that we can actually see.”

Science today: Materialism, Reductionism, and Randomness
Materialism is the belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, the things that can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. Everything else is illusion or imagination.

Reductionism is the belief that complex things can be explained by examining the constituent pieces, such as the illusion of consciousness arising from elementary chemical processes in the brain.

Randomness is the conviction that natural processes follow the laws of chance within their allowed range of behavior. Given those beliefs there is one and only one way to explain the fine-tuning of the universe. An infinite number of universes must exist, each with unique properties, each randomly different from the other, with ours only seemingly special because in a universe with different properties we would never have originated. Our existence is only possible in this particular universe, hence the tuning is an illusion.

This View Suffers From Three Problems
First of all, quantum fluctuations are a key ingredient of inflation theories that attempt to address how our universe, and myriad others, came into being. The problem is that quantum fluctuations presuppose the existence of quantum laws. If there truly were no quantum laws or any other laws whatsoever, nothing could happen. No laws, no action. The origin of universes as a result of quantum laws, inflation fields, or other arcane properties of string theory depends upon the preexistence of those laws or fields. And so even the skeptical scientist cannot avoid taking that on faith.

The second problem is that none of the other universes can ever be observed, not even in principle, since trying to measure across universes with different fundamental laws would be like using a microphone to observe the moon or using a telescope to record a rock band. So yet a second article of faith is required of the modern scientist: the existence of an infinite number of unseen universes.

The final problem is more personal. If we are nothing but physical beings originating by chance in a random universe, then there really can be no ultimate purpose in our lives. This is not only bad news for us individually, it undermines the ethical and moral underpinnings of society and civilization.

I propose a theory in this book that does provide a purpose for our lives while at the same time being completely consistent with everything we have discovered about the universe and about life on earth, in particular the Big Bang, a 4.6 billion-year-old earth, and, of course, evolution. The single difference between the theory I propose and the ideas current in modern astrophysics is that I assume that an infinite conscious intelligence preexists. You cannot get away from the preexistence of something, and whether that is an ensemble of physical laws generating infinite random universes or an infinite conscious intelligence is something present-day science cannot resolve, and indeed one view is not more rational than the other.

One might argue that one view is supported by evidence and the other is not. I would agree one hundred percent. The evidence for the existence of an infinite conscious intelligence is abundant in the accounts of the mystics and the meditative, prayerful, and sometimes spontaneous exceptional experiences of human beings throughout history. The evidence for random universes is precisely zero. Most scientists will reject the former type of evidence as merely subjective, but that simply reduces the contest of views to a draw: zero on both sides.

What I Propose is an Infinite Conscious Intelligence
So let’s call it God – who has infinite potential, whose ideas become the laws of physics of our universe and others, and whose purpose in so doing is the transformation of potential into experience. The difference between being able to do something and actually doing it is vast: making it happen, experiencing what it feels like, savoring the sensations are the tremendous difference between theory and practice. Playing the game is far more satisfying than reading the rules.

Astrophysicist Sir James Jeans wrote in the 1930s, “…the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” So, too, I am proposing, in The God Theory, that ultimately it is consciousness that is the origin of matter, energy, and the laws of nature in this universe and all others that may exist. And the purpose is for God to experience his potential. God’s ideas and abilities become God’s experience in the life of every sentient being. What greater purpose could there be for each of us humans than that of creating God’s experience? God experiences the richness of his potential through us because we are the incarnations of him in the physical realm.

About the Author:
Bernard Haisch, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist and author of over 130 scientific publications. He served as a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal for ten years, and was Principal Investigator on several NASA research projects. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Haisch did postdoctoral research at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.

His professional positions include Staff Scientist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory; Deputy Director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley; and Visiting Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute fuer Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany.

He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Prior to his career in astrophysics, Haisch attended the Latin School of Indianapolis and the St. Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood. The God Theory is his first solo book. He is married, with three children, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marsha Sims.

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6 Responses to “The Universe – More Like a Great Thought Than a Great Machine”

  1. trioptic Says:

    it could also be argued that we are constructed exactly how we are in ACCORDANCE with how the universe is constructed, as opposed to having it fit our design.

    This type of thing is what most religions, practices, ceremonies and daily rituals are all about. The same reason that 7 is a lucky number, the same reason there are 7 days in a week, etc.

  2. Anna Nicole Says:

    If the human mind is a production of neurons–a simulated executive intelligence for helping it to survive, could some non-anthropomorphic intelligence be generated by the universe, to harmonize the ever increasing complexity within it? Could God like the Self be an illusion created to maintain the very thing that sustains it? We may be in its image in some respects but we are both mirages and servants of the material that gave us a sense of identity as a natural development.

  3. Rich Says:

    As I ponder the interesting concepts above, and comments, I am thankful for the high level of discourse.

    By personal experience I am God’s dwelling place. Doubt therefore, left me when I was 17 yrs. old in Berkeley after hearing and teacing Divine Principle.

    On a rational level, humans need only look at themselves and the things which they make. Is not everything in your house made with a purpose and plan, no matter how cursory? If the seemingly most conscious being on our planet makes all things with a purpose and a plan then why would the universe which we came from be nonpurposeful and random? Even animals do things with a purpose and a plan. Therefore why would the universe not have a purpose-giver and a plan maker?

    The existence of principles in science, thoughts with governing power, also indicates both an origin of material in thought and a parallel universe composed of thoughts.

    The speculative talk today is that you can prove such a parallel universe through mathematics or string theory—which I don’t understand to well. Nevertheless the fact that thought has existence and ultimate power can be readily perceived in the fact that laws and principles do hold sway over the universe.

    Mysteries like dark matter, the speed of gravity, the speed of neturinos and etc. show us greater forces then we comprehend presently.

    I thnk that God is a bigger player than any one religion or person. I believe that God has desires, dreams, emotions, ideas and plans on a bigger scale than ours and yet comprehensible to us to some degree. We spend our lifetime trying to comprehend God’s Love, Design, Will and etc.

  4. Alex Vary Says:

    My book, My Universe – A Transcendent Reality, complements Bernard Haisch’s God Theory and describes foundational paradigms that support his theory and conclusions. I will be please to send informational material about my book – and the most current press release. I look forward to your response. My book is sold on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. Sincerely, Alex Vary

  5. scott Says:

    When the great implosion occurs recreating the point singularity of the origin! all matter that was, will also be again,(Big bang) in the exact sequence of events as before- once again creating oneself- upon flatline time has no bearing, the quantum entangled state pushes you through the cosmos through the tunnel of light- in an instant a trillion billlion years of travel to be born again in the exact same way as before paradoxically!!!- hence psychic ability(extreme intuition) -an echo of previous universe……………. (Theoretically of course)

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