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May 19, 2021

Life, the universe and everything – in 420 words

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

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An interstellar object has just been sighted, a comet from beyond our solar system. It’s only the second we’ve observed, the first just two years ago. We’re seeing them now due to our rapidly developing observation technologies which, in turn, is rapidly increasing our knowledge of the cosmos, what the universe is and how it works.

You can only know how it works when you know what it is and throughout history we’ve decided how the universe works based on the current knowledge of the day. Creating, as we progressed, a series of temporarily nailed on theories, the latest being Big Bang.

One of the things we’ve discovered recently is dark matter/energy. Dark is scientese for ‘We have no idea what it is, we just know it must be there’ because it’s persuasively inferred from other stuff we know. Apparently dark matter/energy comprises around 90 per cent of the universe, which means any assumptions we might currently have of what the universe is and how it works have been made on the basis of observing around 10% of it. That’s like trying to extrapolate an elephant by observing an elephant toenail, from the inside, with no previous concept of elephant. There’s nowhere near enough information to do that.

So Big Bang probably isn’t it, which puts the consequent entropic universe equally in doubt.

An entropic universe, an enclosed space with limited resources, makes the assumption the universe is non-biological, not a living entity, but there’s beginning to be some evidence to suggest otherwise. For instance the universe may be growing rather than just expanding, Brian Cox showed some evidence of this in his documentary ‘The Living Universe’. If it’s growing it’s not an enclosed space, no limit to resources.

The assertion of an entropic universe is an unexamined assumption. If the universe is in some way biological, our understanding of physics is about to radically change. For us it’s worth noting a biological entity would probably have a really effective immune system and unsustainable is terminal.

Every gardener knows, if you want the living things in your garden to thrive and prosper it’s easy, nurture them. Society and our environment are living things, nurturing them would not only be our hope of a future, it would also mean economic abundance as they thrive and prosper. The rewards of being beneficial biota.

If the universe is alive then life and the universe are one; everything.

Has anybody worked out where 42 fits in?

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