Living Universe

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What is the definition of life?  This question is still being hotly debated by scientists of various fields pertinent to the question.  In my opinion, this question is pertinent to ALL sciences, but hey, what do I know?

Life, to me, is the system or pattern of the functions of a living thing.  All living things have one thing in common.  They all come from something—or in blonde-speak—Nothing springs out of nothing, so if I want to explore the idea of a living Universe (and I am using a capital U for Universe because if my thinking is correct, it is a living entity and therefore, Universe is its name), what do I have to do?  Since life, to me, should have some form of thinking, be it rudimentary, perhaps we should start to look for the Universe’s brain.  Since I am not a scientist, here is where I go to the quantum physicists for some help.

Universe’s Brain

Dr. Seth Lloyd, professor at MIT and the author of Programming the Universe:  A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos, has some amazing ideas about the Universe’s brain.  He postulates that quantum particles can think, and he is well on his way towards creating quantum computers which will prove his theory that our Universe acts like a huge quantum computer.  He states that “everything in the universe is made of bits. Not chunks of stuff, but chunks of information — ones and zeros. … Atoms and electrons are bits. Atomic collisions are “ops.” Machine language is the laws of physics. The universe is a quantum computer.“[1]

Dr. Lloyd belives that the Universe uses a simple code to create everything.  Scientists still have not yet found this code, and believe me, we have thrown great minds like Newton and Einstein into this search, and it is still going on.  If we can find this code, it will be the defacto unified theory of everything.

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But as I said, if the Universe is a living being, it had to have come from somewhere.  It had to have a birthing parent.

Some scientists think that black holes are the birthing canals which will allow new young universes to be birthed from the matter that has been collected from the parent Universe.  Our own Universe has countless black holes, some of them so large as to weigh 40 billion suns.[6]  According to this idea, our mother Universe has given birth to countless other universes and is still in the process of giving birth to many more.

If this is so, then our own Universe must have been born in the same manner.  She must have once been a collected amalgamation of dust, gasses, elements, quarks, neutrinos, and the countless bacterial life that exists within her mother’s body.  As our tiny embryonic Universe was being collected inside her mother’s tiny black hole placental pod, it must have grown larger and larger, resulting from being fed by her mother’s nutrients floating about in the amniotic fluid.

Once she had gotten big enough to be able to break free from the confines of the black hole, she is ejected out into a brand new dimension for her to occupy.  She will have burst forth through a birthing canal that would be the other end of the black hole. It would, in essence be a white hole.

White Holes

gw_mpi_wideImage taken from BBC News[3]

Perhaps, deep within the center of the Universe, there is a vestige of an umbilical cord, a navel of sorts, which will indicate the point of its conception.  If we go to its navel, we might just find that hypothetical huge white hole.

Back in 2006, a gamma ray burst lasting about 102 seconds pointed at the possibility that we were looking at a white hole.  The duration of that blast meant it had to have been created by some kind of supernova explosion, but since there was no supernovas within the area at all, it had to have occurred in a different dimension.  After all, nothing comes from nothing.

Of course, being a Tao Babe, I went back to the big guns and scoured through ancient documents.  I look  both to scientists as well as ancient masters for information, and I am always amazed at how much the ancients know.

Lao Tzu gave a clue in chapter 6 of his Tao Te Ching:

The valley spirit, undying
Is called the Mystic Female

The gateway of the Mystic Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth

It flows continuously, barely perceptible
When utilized, it is never exhausted.[4]


6dF Galaxy Survey visualisation by C.Fluke, Swinburne University of Technology (data courtesy H.Jones et al.)[5]

I admit, I have read this chapter many many times and I never quite connected white holes with the gateway of the Mystic Female, but I have to admit that when I began to grasp the filaments of science around the idea of a living, conscious, breathing Universe, it all fell into place.

[1] Programming the Universe:  A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos.  Lloyd, Seth.  March 2007

[2] Biggest in the Universe: Scientists Discover Black Holes Weighing 40 Billion Suns.  December 2012.

[3] Is it Possible We’ve Found the First White Hole?  May 2011.

[4] Tao Te Ching.  Lao Tzu.  Translated by Derek Lin.  2006.

[5] The Universe Near Us.  Dr. Stephen Hicks.

[6] Listening for the ‘birth cries’ of black holes.  BBC News. April 2010.

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  1. Taoist Babe………first time reader and I am really smiling…….I love the way you pick the most interesting trees in the forest of life. Most of us think of mother earth, but mother universe is more primary…….and your comments on matriarchal/patriarchal society is a surely a key to our cultural history…..although I’d like to see more discussion of yin/yang balance when it seems we think of “somebody on top”? anyway, congratulations on your “reporting” and I look forward to reading more…………..Bill (fan of Chuang Tzu)


  2. Thank you for visiting my blog, Bill. I am a naturally curious person—have always been that way as a child—was always berated for thinking about things that were not important to daily life. Somehow, the daily grind of what to wear, who to see, what to do, how to do it…none of that really matters to me that much. Sure, I still do those things, but not because of their significance in my life but rather that I still need to live in this world, and I can’t be too much of an odd duck that I don’t fit in with the rest of humanity.

    As for the discussions of yin/yang balance…I think my blog is a mixture of many things, one half having nothing to do with the other half. It’s whatever I happen to find fascinating at the moment. I have the need to capture it by writing it down, because that is how I process information. As I recall someone said, writers don’t write because they want to. They write because they have to. That’s me. These are all random notes coming from my stream-of-consciousness. That’s why you see so many unfinished thoughts and stops & starts of so many threads on various subjects. This is how my brain thinks. It is messy and rarely does one thought have anything to do with another. I do go back and finish out the thoughts though, so have patience with me. And thank you again for sharing your thoughts. They are treasured gems, all of them.



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