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Published on Apr 4, 2014
Topic: Consciousness and the 'Anthropic principle' -- Is consciousness driving the universe?
The universe is evolving to optimize consciousness
The universe is perfectly tuned. The twenty or so physical parameters determining physics, chemistry and biology (mass of proton, charge on electron etc. etc.) are precisely what they need to be to produce stars, light, life and consciousness. If any of these parameters were even slightly different, we wouldn't be here. How is this explained? Did we win the cosmic lottery? Spiritual views suggest God cast the physical parameters as they are. Modern science takes the view that there must exist an infinite number of parallel universes (the 'multiverse'), and that we just happen to be in the one able to support consciousness (so that we may ask such questions - the 'Anthropic principle'). There is no proof, nor any way to test whether an infinite number of universes exist. The scientific view is not scientific. However an alternative explanation has emerged. Roger Penrose has suggested serial (rather than parallel) universes (or serial aeons within one universe), that the Big Bang was preceded by a previous aeon, and that one precede by another, and so on. With each Big Bang and rebirth of the universe, the physical parameters may slightly change, or mutate in an evolutionary process. If so, what is the 'fitness function'; what is the universe evolving towards? The Penrose-Hameroff 'Orch OR' theory suggests consciousness is a process intrinsic to the fine scale structure of reality, fundamental spacetime geometry at the Planck scale, where the physical parameters are embedded and determined. If so, the universe is evolving to optimize consciousness. Consciousness is driving the universe.