January 11, 2009

Supercosmos Re-Creation?

Employing the evolution-given brain, humanity has succeeded so far in accumulating extraordinary amount of knowledge, including that of the natural universe. But that abundant pile is always haunted by epistemological anxiety regarding the truth, the consistency, and the completeness of the knowledge.


Kurt Gödel and Albert Einstein, 1950. IAS Archives

Along with its assertion that the Platonic mathematical universe can never be reduced into a finite set of symbols and a bounded group of axioms, Gödel Theorem shows that a consistent knowledge is incomplete and a complete knowledge is inconsistent. For any consistent formal, recursively enumerable theory that proves basic arithmetical truths, an arithmetical statement that is true, but not provable in the theory, can be constructed. That is, any effectively generated theory capable of expressing elementary arithmetic cannot be both simultaneously consistent and complete.

How can humanity be rested assured of the accumulative knowledge on universe’s birth, when the incredibly vast distance of space and time makes it impossible for humanity to directly witness the birth of the universe?


J. B. S. Haldane, 1941. Photo: Hans Wild/LIFE

“Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” — Possible Worlds and Other Papers (1927), p. 286, J. B. S. Haldane.

How can human race complete the knowledge of the universe and all within, being aware of the impossibility of gaining complete knowledge of an object for one who is entrapped inside of it, while realizing the improbability of going outside of the universe he lives in?

And if someday an all-encompassing theory on the origin of the universe and every event within that with all the mathematical abstractions and super-complex imaginary experiments is thought by its proponents as would be having the ability to organize data, explain phenomenon and predict the probability of an occurrence, which is really powerful and never before existed in the world, this kind of theory still is nothing: it remains a theory. An untestable beautiful fiction!

Although the supertheory and the experimental supercollider has been developed way further and becomes a lot more sophisticated, and many events predicted by the supertheory were confirmed by our super advance future experimental tools, yet it needs only a single unpredictable event to make the super final theory plunged into a crisis.  A single counterexample is logically decisive: it shows the theory, from which the implication is derived, to be false. Thank you, Karl R. Popper.


Karl R. Popper. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

And even if the scientific and technological revolution finally enables humanity to build an extremely sophisticated super-instrument whose horrifying intelligence capable to simulate the whole universe, that still is nothing except a simulation, a simulacrum, derived from human reason and presumptions, not the universe at itself. And the fictious nature of reality — Is not there enough warning from the history of science of how the universe with all its fantastic and surrealistic characteristics might have just toyed with humanity by giving them a streak of pseudo-realization to think of apprehending the reality while they actually do not?  About a hundred years ago  Lord Kelvin’ confidently  exclaimed, “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” How so wrong he was: years later the world witnessed the birth of Relativity Theory followed by Quantum Mechanics decades later.

31 years after the publication of his four miraculous papers in the Annalen der Physik, and 21 years after the presentation to the Prussian Academy of Science his field equations which form the core of the General Theory of Relativity, Albert Einstein famously declared his amazement that “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” The statement is a revolutionary clear cut from the amazement of human ancestors who believed the physical world, the universe, was essentially incomprehensible.

Most of humanity in the past sensed the world as a mysterious entity impenetrable even unreachable by our reason, and they created lots of fictions (many of them were very beautiful according to their own standard) about mysterious power and supernatural beings to make the world they lived in sensible. The influence of these fictions, this ancient worldviews from which cultures and civilization draw its power is still pervasive until now; we can still find some people even among the learned ones who insist the impenetrability of the universe.

Scientific knowledge shows us that the universe is penetrable indeed. Although lots of effort is required, the penetration has been the very life of science. But the universe only reveals itself gradually, and she never says ‘yes’ to a theory, “maybe” at the ultimate best, and most of time responding by a ‘No’. Scientific reason takes action by keep revising the theories even inventing some revolutionary ones, but no matter how many and how revolutionary the theory will be, the chance is that the fictious universe will still have something more bewitching in her inner sleeve. From the tense dance between reason’s reaching and universe’s evasion, humanity will end up making the universe give birth to itself.

Yes, the most logical way to settle the contradiction between human fictive–scientific knowledge of the whole universe and the fictious-fantastic nature of cosmic reality is only a “deistic act”: to re-create a physical universe. That will be the right solution, as years ago the white-coated mortals in the Roslin Institute created the ewe Dolly out of a mammary gland adult somatic cell using the process of nuclear transfer to verify the tentative-fictive knowledge on developmental biology and genetics engineering.

As such, if the theoretical knowledge on universe and its constituents keeps on piling, flows, and finally encounters the history mature enough to be the seedling ground for another universe, then human will really able to, after many trials and errors, create a new physical universe; not just a laughable worthless toddler’s game of an illusory planet that—as in Jorge Luis Borges’ grand short story: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius—complete with its architecture and its playing cards, the horror of its mythologies and the murmur of its tongues, its emperors and its seas, its minerals and its birds and fishes, its algebra and its fire, its theological and metaphysical controversies.

It would be a whole universe complete with its dark matter and energy, with its natural law and the cognitive struggles of its living beings, yet with a lot subtler level of perfection than the “original” universe we currently live in.

How would the new human-made universe be born? Maybe out of emptiness; out of quantum fluctuation? Or, if we are to see the great universe as a living being, might it be cloned, engineered from its smallest fundamental structure we know to hold the whole secrets and blueprints of the universe’s life? From this cosmic seedling there would be indeed some problems such as post-Big-Bang inflation which is thought to grows faster than light. But, as long as time and imagination copulate, the universe creation will find its way to existence, no matter what.

The creation of the universe is unavoidable, normal, natural and might have happened somewhere else — on account of the prevailing uncertainty and randomness on the basic structure of matter. Its possibility will ever be present at every pulse of cognitive work; it’s probability will increase each time a metaphor blooms and a theory emerges, every time scientific knowledge regains self-consciousness and says ‘no’ to any of its absolute identificalness to reality.

After creating a universe — in a supercosmic scale a universe is approximately equal with the size of an atom compared to the human inhabited cosmos perceived by Einstein and Hubble; or perhaps like a drop of meaningless bubble in the vast spread of ocean — then the relatively advance intelligence will surely be tempted, deceived, manipulated, guided in currently unthinkable ways, maybe by negligence, left alone to its own  eternal obsession with things perfect and timeless, to eventually create the supercosmos.

Intelligence and curiosity will unlikely to stop at a level of a cosmic type civilization capable to widen the microscopic wormholes constantly connect the various universes, allowing them to pass between universes. This type IV civilization (developing the Nikolai Kardashev and Freeman Dyson classification) might be able to tunnel their way through the wormholes and escape the death of their former home-universe, but they can not escape the scientific predicament of the impossibility to gain absolutely complete knowledge of the multi-verse and its whole constituents when they are still trapped inside in the same multi-verse.

When human intellectual progenies are finally able to create the supercosmos, the fictious reality behind this time-bound supercosmos will surely grant its “blessing” by leaving a trace of an explosive prowess beyond even the wildest imagination of the supercosmos creator. It is then a tremendous relief that this creation of the great super-whole universe, how grand and colossal it might seem to be, will not necessarily be the last chapter in the progressive history of intelligent being.***

Nirwan Ahmad Arsuka


This piece is an “excerpt” from a longer work; the Indonesian version was published as a chapter in a book commissioned by Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI, Indonesian Institute of Science) and The Ford Foundation, Jakarta 2001.

Additional Note:

Charles Sumner gives a comment in our Facebook group Advanced Theoretical Physicists: String Theory, M-Theory & 11th Dimension.

By then, the Type IV “creatures” with the ability to travel through the multiverse and create their own cosmos would probably be a higher level being not resembling anything like us. Maybe an orb of energy, but not biological and our notion of human curiosity would be completely trivial and petty to a being whose nature is high energy transfer. And as long as they are made up of the same membranes and strings as the cosmos itself, they would never know what’s on the outside.

This reminds me of the analogy of the dimensional man. 2-D man lives back-forth and left-right and is aware of nothing else but himself. 3-D man can go back-forth, left-right, and up-down and is aware of only 2D man and 3-D man. This goes up to 4-D man and so on. By the time we can manipulate whole universes, we would be like 11-D man.

Just a thought, I wonder what -1-D man knows…

2 Responses to “Conjecture”

  1. Your notes on the reducibility of the universe are interesting for their vantage point on the progress of mathematical models for matter, space, and energy. Those definitions are now copyrighted, with the completion of the GT integral atomic wavefunction, though. CRQT is the term for Clough Relative Quantum Topodynamics, a function network based on the 29th order series differential for nuclear emission of gravity and positive charge force fields.
    I hope you enjoy the new CRQT grand unified theory with mathematical topofunc models for all particles, fields, and waves; at: . The topology of the h-bar magnetic energy particle is visible there.

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