To most of us, the universe is something vast and vague, nearly shapeless, and definitely not systemic.
We struggle to conceive of it as following certain rules and laws, let alone functioning as a single unit with a shared direction or purpose.
How could something so large and filled with variety actually be a single entity?
That may sound strange, but it is what a segment of the population has believed for many years, and now there are even some mainstream physicists who propose a similar idea.
So what’s the idea about the brain?
Some scientists believe that the universe may, in fact, be little more than a giant brain.
The big bang must have come from somewhere, it doesn’t make sense that there was just a big pit of nothingness and then a big bang happened.
(About the most sensible explanation we can find about what existed before the big bang is that the entire universe existed as a singularity. )
It is obvious that there is something huge and vital that we are missing when it comes to explaining the birth of the universe.
The fact that it is actually the giant brain, of some kind of entity far beyond human understanding, could well be one of the missing pieces of the puzzle.
With that in mind imagine the big bang as the birth of a being.
As the being gets older everything buzzing around inside the being’s brain also develops and changes. Cells grow and die, neural pathways are established and lost.
If you were a neuron inside somethings brain you wouldn’t know about the world outside of that body, your entire universe would be what you experienced inside that brain.
Unless someone extracted you from the creatures head and transplanted you somewhere else, your reality would, of course, be defined by what you experienced and could see around you.
A trip from the left to right hemisphere, would be a mammoth expedition.
I know what you are thinking– oh, some folk have been saying this for centuries.
We have compared ourselves to the natural world since the dawn of mankind.
Even now, you will find artists that will excitedly explain how the human eye looks exactly like a thousand knotholes, or a far-off galaxy.
Some even compare the human eye with a black hole and it’s easy to see why they think that way when we take a close up look at an eye ball.
Even a particularly bright young child will notice, with no small amount of excitement, how like themself Mother Nature really is.
We see this every time a little girl picks up a leaf and holds it up next to her wrist, grinning while she looks back and forth between her own veins and the green veins in the leaf. The resemblance, the repeated design, is awe-inspiring.
This mirroring isn’t just for artists and children, and it is no coincidence. As systems become more complex, living or not, they tend to display similar patterns of organization.
This is why storms have eyes, trees have veins, and why some physicists are certain that the universe as a whole is a giant brain not unlike our own.
Recent studies suggest that our home, the universe that spawned us, is growing the same way that the brain does.
The electrical pulses between our neurons appear to be exactly mirrored by the cosmos– the ever-expanding galaxies that compromise our universe take an eerily similar form to our own brains.
Mainstream science admits that all systems, no matter how disparate they seem, work in pretty much the same way.
This encompasses every complex thing– from the human body to a spiral galaxy to the Internet that has brought you to this text.
So: is the universe a giant brain? And if so, what does that mean in the grand scheme of things? If this isn’t just an uncanny resemblance, what is it?
With a little thought, the answer becomes apparent.
We have long considered ourselves part of the universe, not simply residents of it.
Many people take this a step further, arguing that they are literal, physical pieces of the cosmos itself– like each entity is a cell in a giant brain.
If you accept that we aren’t just residents of the universe, but contributing pieces of it, there can be no argument against the interconnected nature of humans to each other and to the planet.
If each of us is a neuron, it follows that we would be able to transmit electromagnetic messages to one another and to the world itself.
Cells do things. Cells change the environment around them.
Just as two neurons communicate thousands of times each day, we as humans communicate with each other all the time.
We talk, we laugh, we smile and wave, but many people have suggested that it goes deeper than that.
People who are empathic, telepathic or clairvoyant say that they have the ability to experience or manipulate other people’s thoughts, memories and emotions, but what if they are not the only ones?
If we are all cells in the body of the universe, we all have the capacity to interact with and affect one another.
People who use these abilities aren’t different from the rest of us. They simply have the knowledge and practice required to utilize this communication in a targeted manner.
But this idea goes even further than communicating within our own species.
If the universe really is a brain, and we are pieces of it, we may have the ability to interact with the cosmos on an even more powerful basis.
Instead of simply feeling each other’s emotions, we can, theoretically, alter the universe itself.
If we are neurons, we are the mechanism by which the universe functions, and we have the capacity to change its structure.
What do you think? Is the universe a giant brain?