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A conscious Universe must be expanding

Nobody knows what predates the Big Bang. Nobody even knows if there was a Big Bang event. “In 1927, Belgian physicist-priest Georges Lemaître (1894-1966) [] theorized that the Universe was receding in response to an initial “explosion” event that created space-time, which had been regarded as separate until Einstein’s Relativity theory conjoined them.” (source)

The term “Big Bang” was probably a joke on Lemaître’s initial “explosion” event (source). It was coined by astronomer Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), who believed in an alternative cosmological model: the steady-state model. That model “asserts that the observable universe is practically the same at any time and any place”. Hence, no explosion, just an expansion.

The expansion of the Universe is beyond any doubt. The reason why is still up for debate (eg, Big Bang explosion). The rate of its expansion is known as the Hubble constant, derived from the Hubble–Lemaître law. Measuring the Universe’s rate of expansion is, however, giving diverging views on the Hubble constant (Wiki).

Obviously, any explosion causes “a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases” (Wiki). Earth’s gravity will limit the expansion of an explosion.

Wiki: “Gravity, or gravitation, is a natural phenomenon by which all things with mass or energy—including planets, stars, galaxies, and even light – are brought toward (or gravitate toward) one another.” In other words, gravity will always limit any expansion – even following an explosion or Big Bang event.

Bernard Baars, a professor of psychology and an expert on consciousness, recently stated the following in a Scientific American interview: “Consciousness is a fundamental concept, like mass and energy, entropy and life.”

Several scientists claim that no information can ever get lost in the Universe, not even in black holes. If this hypothesis is valid then a conscious Universe must be expanding for storing new information. Hence, consciousness is stronger than gravity, “the weakest of the four fundamental interactions of physics” (Wiki).

“Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence?” The title of a 2017 BBC article on the strange link between the human mind and quantum physics.

Gravity (2006) by John Mayer

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