An extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because the universe is, in fact, an alien, was suggested by a scientists.
Caleb Scharf, Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University has postured the theory that perhaps the universe is in fact the ‘brain’ of a hyper-advanced alien race.
In his article, published in Nautilus, he puts forward the revolutionary idea that an alien species could become so advanced that it would be indistinguishable from physics itself.
The author himself admits that this idea is mind blowing and best consumed through the “warped bottom of a beer glass”.
According to the scientist the universe is actually made of 5% of the matter than we know and understand. And another 27% is made of something completely mysterious and unseen. However, another experts confirm that “dark matter” is made of weak subatomic particles, which nobody can clearly explain.
Scharf has a different view however: “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. „How would aliens do this? Oh it’s quite simple really they’d just build themselves a “a dark-matter 3D printer.”
He explains his theory further saying: “The universe does other funky and unexpected stuff. Notably, it began to expand at an accelerated rate about 5 billion years ago. This acceleration is conventionally chalked up to dark energy. But cosmologists don’t know why the cosmic acceleration began when it did.”
Scharf admits that in its current form his theory, and indeed many others surrounding the origins of dark matter are completely unprovable. Of course humanity being humanity that certainly hasn’t stopped us trying to come up with new ideas no matter how crazy they might seem.
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