Could The Universe Really Just Be One Giant Alien?

Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 2:32PM
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Thursday, 24 November 2016 - 2:32PM
Could The Universe Really Just Be One Giant Alien?

In our search for extraterrestrial life, we may have overlooked one giant possibility - that alien life is right in front of us, or rather, all around us. 

According to Columbia University astrophysicist Caleb Scharf, our universe may be driven by the reassembled intelligence of an alien civilization - one so advanced that it transcribed itself into the quantum realm, allowing life to "disappear into ordinary physics." 

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"After all, any very early life in the universe would have already experienced 8 billion years of evolutionary time by the time expansion began to accelerate," Scharf explains. "For example, if machines continue to grow exponentially in speed and sophistication, they will one day be able to decode the staggering complexity of the living world."
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In his article on Natilus, Scharf points out that just five percent of the universe is actually made out of matter we can know and understand. A significantly larger portion is made from the mysterious "dark matter," and its that dark matter that Scharf focuses on in his proposal. 

"Dark matter could contain real complexity, and perhaps it is where all technologically advanced life ends up or where most life has always been. What better way to escape the nasty vagaries of supernova and gamma-ray bursts than to adopt a form that is immune to electromagnetic radiation?" he writes. "It's a stretch, but maybe there's something about life itself that affects the cosmos, or maybe those well-evolved denizens decided to tinker with the expansion."

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Scharf even has an answer as to how the aliens would adapt this: "By storing its essential data in photons, life could give itself a distributed backup system. And it could go further, manipulating new photons emitted by stars to dictate how they interact with matter." Basically, a "dark-matter 3D printer" capable of transferring normal matter data to dark matter data is all you need to hack into the very structure of the universe itself. 

And, while he admits that his theory is most likely unprovable, Scharf adds, "The universe does... funky and unexpected stuff." 

So maybe alien life is out there - just not in the way we think.  

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