I wrote a post some months ago about Dark Energy and what it might be, my conclusion was a philosophical one. It must be some kind of memory or storage for knowledge. I used the title of the piece ‘Could Dark Energy be Heaven?’
I had another thought continuing in that vein. The known Universe as we perceive it, only started to expand after the creation of dark energy (If we start after the great expansion called inflation). Dark Energy makes up approximately 74% of mass of our known Universe, so we could argue that for every one part of matter there are three parts of none matter. What if the expansion of the Universe, started when matter became alive and emitted a new form of energy similar to consciousness? If we were the hot cup of tea, and the heat given off through entropy is our consciousness over our lifetime, changing into a new form of energy, which we know as dark energy.
I know it’s a long shot but why not, surely some clever mathematician, physicist, or cosmologist can create an equation for thought, for consciousness. One part living matter gives off three parts of dark energy through consciousness – memory, thoughts, experiences, and information. And if you use Einstein’s famous equation E = mc2 then the amount of information, consciousness, etc. stored in the Universe is considerable.
I realise this may seem a bold statement with little evidence, but you can roughly work out the likelihood using probability. When you take into account the age of the Universe and the likelihood of other sentient species having existed, as well as the many other types of living objects created throughout the history of the Universe, and if you take into account how long a sentient species may survive until extinction. If you add the other life forms we cannot at this time comprehend because of our lack of information regarding the object we call the Universe. Surely someone more knowledgeable than me can think of an equation that shows the correlation between probabilities of life existing since the Universe began, probability of it having conscious thought, the amount of dark energy in the Universe, and all the other variables involved.
The big problem with the Universe is we know next to nothing about it. We are virtually working from a blank canvas. We think we know a great deal about how it works but I doubt it. I would suspect we know less than a quark on the great canvas on the Universe, as near to nothing as you can get on a Universal scale.I know this because we have only just started our quest, we have to understand our predicament and situation and realise that everything we believe to be true no matter how conclusive it may seem, is likely to be false or only a small part of the whole.
Yet I believe because we are essentially one of the luckiest objects to be created by entropy, because we ended up with the power to think. We seem like the anomaly, a freak happening, probably a billion, billion to one, yet still that number is insignificant when scaled against the whole of the Universe since its birth (if it was ever born). As far as we know very few other species or anything for that matter can think and are self-aware, and we know for certain from our perspective no other thing can do it as well as we can. This in itself using the laws of probably is unlikely. Just because we believe we are the highest form of intelligence, does not mean we definitely are, from our perspective we are the highest, but maybe every living thing whatever we perceive it to be, whether alive or not, existing or not, may from its own perspective believe it is the highest form of intelligence in its reality.
If you think about it, it is just as likely for other living objects to believe they are unequalled. If every form of life believes it is the highest form of intelligence for its reality; or you could say to survive its environment, what would that say about the universe? The Universe itself does not even follow its own laws as the continued formation of more dark energy pushing everything further apart can only give two conclusions either the first law of thermodynamics is wrong or the Universe stores energy in another way different to dark energy and matter related energy. And if we use entropy, we can say that dark energy is a more dispersed form of the energy it was before it changed. Perhaps that is the energy created by living objects (which might be all of matter) as they go about their existence in their own specific perspective of reality.
Science tries to use evidence from our perspective of reality, to create a viable plausible concept of the Universe and what it might be and how it might work. But it is not conclusive, it is not certain, it is only ever appropriate at the time. And it can always be proved wrong eventually. History proves that, perhaps in two hundred years, scientists will look back on this time and think of our knowledge as similar to Newton, and Galileo. Great steps forward but not quite right, and they will be in the same boat as we are in five hundred years.