Physicist Gregory Matloff Postulates That The Entire Universe Might Be Capable Of Consciousness

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A new scientific idea has recently come to light, which scientists are calling “panpsychism.” Panpsychism says that the universe can be capable of consciousness, Which could change everything. Truth be told, panpsychism sounds pretty much like what the Hindus and Buddhists call the Brahman, the tremendous universal Creator of everything which we are all a part. In Buddhism for instance, consciousness is the only thing that exists.

Robert G. Brown in his Ph.D. thesis on Hinduism stated that Brahman is the Universe, we (as Atman or “God-souls”) are a part of Brahman and Brahman itself, parts separated from the whole to be able to appreciate the whole and ever seeking to rejoin the whole and its perfect state of being as all things.

In quantum physics, particles don’t have an exact form or specific location, till they’re observed or measured. Is this a kind of proto-consciousness at play? According to the late scientist and thinker, John Archibald Wheeler, who is known for coining the term ‘black hole’, every piece of matter contains a bit of consciousness, which it absorbs from this proto-consciousness field.

For quite some time, scientists have been trying to know the universe, where it came from, and why we are here. However, they have usually come up short til now. Gregory Matloff, and his ideas are surprising, to mention the least.

The notion of a conscious universe sounds more like the stuff of theology than academic journals. Known as by its formal academic name, though, “panpsychism” seems to have prominent supporters in a variety of fields. New York University philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers is a proponent. So too, in different ways, are neurobiologist Christof Koch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, famed for his work on gravity and black holes.

Gregory Matloff at New York City College of Technology recently published a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars could also be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos is also self-conscious.

Recently, Matloff zeroed in on a little-studied anomaly in stellar motion called Paranego’s Discontinuity. On average, cooler stars orbit our galaxy more quickly than do hotter ones. Most astronomers attribute the effect to interactions between stars and gas clouds throughout the galaxy. Matloff thought of a unique explanation. He noted that the anomaly appears in stars that are cool enough to have molecules in their atmospheres, which greatly increases their chemical complexity.

Matloff noted further that some stars seem to emit jets that time in only one direction, an unbalanced method that might cause a star to change its motion. He wondered: might this truly be a willful process? Is there any way to tell?

If Paranego’s Discontinuity is caused by specific conditions within the galaxy, it should vary from location to location. However if it’s one thing intrinsic to the stars — as consciousness would be — it should be the same everywhere. Data from existing stellar catalogs appears to support the latter view, Matloff claims. Detailed results from the Gaia star-mapping space telescope, due in 2018, can offer a more stringent test.

Source: Big Think, Futurism, Awareness Act

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