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Scientists, along with philosophers, have for many centuries been pondering over one question, is the universe self-aware?
Panpsychism: Universe Is Conscious Stars Can Think
This is a concept that is compelling and is known as Panpsychism. The concept leads us to believe that the universe is conscious and that the stars along with other bodies have the ability to be able to think along with control their paths. While this may sound like an outlandish suggesting to some people, there are supporters and the community of believers seems to be growing. It is also a difficult theory to either prove or disapprove.
Gregory Matloff, Physicist from the New York City College of Technology published a paper recently on the subject. He has suggested that there is a proto-consciousness field that may extend over the whole of the universe and the cosmos is very much like human beings in that it is self-aware.
Physicist From Britain Believes Universe Is Conscious
He said that all of this is very speculative at the moment but that it is something that can be checked and then either validate it or falsify it. The majority of the interest in Panpsychism comes from the work of Sir Roger Penrose, a physicist from Britain. He said that the universe is conscious and that it is rooted in the quantum physics statistical rules in regards to the microscopic spaces that lie between the brains neurons.
Another physicist from Germany who believes the theory is Bernard Haisch, and he has said that the quantum fields permeating the empty spaces are what are behind transmitting consciousness. This can be seen not just in the brains of humans but also in any structure that is sufficiently complex.
Of course, whether or not it is something that will ever be truly understood, proven, or disapproved, remains to be seen. However, there are many scientists who think along the same lines as Matloff and Haisch. David Chalmers, a cognitive scientist from New York and Christof Koch, the neuroscientist from the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
Panpsychism Too Important To Ignore
Matloff brings up the argument that Panpsychism is far too important for people just to ignore. He began to search for astronomical objects that adjust the way in which it behaves in response to stimuli. He looked at the Paranego Discontinuity, an anomaly that has been studied very litter. Cooler stars tend to orbit the galaxy a lot faster than the hotter one on average said Matloff and the majority of astronomers put the effect down to interaction with gas clouds in the galaxy and stars.
However, Matloff thinks otherwise. He said that the anomaly is seen in stars that are cool enough so that there are molecules in the atmosphere and this increases the chemical complexity. He also said that some of the stars seem to emit jets that point in only one direction, a process that is unbalanced and which might cause the star to change its motion. He believes that this may be a willful process.
If specific conditions in the galaxy cause Pareanego Discontinuity it would vary from locations, but if it is intrinsic to the stars in the same way as consciousness would be then it would be the same everywhere. While data suggests the latter, Matloff said that more detailed results would be arriving from the star-mapping space telescope Gaia in 2018 and this would provide a test that is more stringent.