ast time... on ‘What is Universe’... We considered
a proposition. WHY cannot the human condition
ACCEPT death? Our conclusion: because we simply
don’t HAVE to. Art and Philosophy gave us the impulse
to prolong life and ponder a world beyond death.
Science? That has started giving us the ANSWERS!
And so, we return to complete that quest...
esurrection is a beautiful word. It is simply a
question of cycles: supply and demand, obstacles
and navigation; opportunity and outcome. But it’s
also a synonym for hope. You can face an ending,
provided there is some hope of a new beginning.
ccepting that basic truth and embracing it,
without dwelling on it, enables us to move
forward rather than look back. We can embrace new
opportunities and thereby renew ourselves. We can
accept the inevitability of time, whilst avoiding any
temptation to try and hold it back.
o, how does this all ﬁt in with our ‘big picture’, We
hear the reader ask. How and why indeed, must
a magazine dealing in scientiﬁc fact, even touch on
more philosophical truths?
cience is in itself a philosophical construct.
Indeed, when one embarks on philosophical
study at its highest esoteric levels, one must ﬁrst
master the rudiments of logic.
When we master the methods of science,
we can unlock the aims of philosophical
thought. That simple and unavoidable
link is no less relevant today in a world
increasingly dependent on science in
everyday life, yet more frightened of its
intellectually demanding disciplines and
The moment we even contribute to a
scientiﬁc discussion or debate online,
we enter a realm on the radar of the
religious. We have already locked horns
with the creationist battalion. They
insist on peddling their particular brand
of anti-scientiﬁc vitriol, despite never
receiving an invitation to our scientiﬁc
party. Perhaps they were embittered?
They feel left out? Nothing so tame, alas.
They feel threatened by science.
But we do have core concerns in science
that ultimately match those of the
religious and philosophical disposition.
We are united in a quest for improving
life and ultimately venturing into the
unknown realm of life after death.
Granted, our quests have an opposite
ethos, rooted in conﬂicting worldviews.
The quest itself however, cannot be
escaped or ignored.
We have a common curiosity about life
and how to deﬁne that precious, yet
elusive, dimension of the conscious
mind and its relationship to a ﬁnite, yet
clearly, adaptable human biology.
These are the new battle lines; both for
scientiﬁc progress and philosophical
reﬂections. In short, is human life like
that of a radiator in a home? Does it
simply die out once switched off? Is it an
isolated heat source or part of a common
chain of consciousness that connects all
And do we somehow live beyond the
‘switch off’: leaving behind a kind of
‘residual heat’ (legacies; social and
moral) or could we go even further.
Could we in fact evolve to a point that
there is no switch off? Could we truly ‘live
THE ART OF
The Matr ix?
A clue can be found in The Matrix. The ﬁlm
and its legacy had a great philosophical
truth to it and it was that which launched
a franchise and made the series worth
talking about, indeﬁnitely.
The premise of The Matrix is that our
physical life could readily be simulated
by an advanced technology, thereby
enslaving us. Consequently, we can
transcend physical matter and exist
almost solely as a mind that simply
controls a body like an online avatar.
Equally, it is the mind that is perceived
as the slave to the villainous Matrix
computer. We are all too easily led into
false senses of limitation and security by
what we perceive initially as a social and
The conclusion, inevitably, is that both
psychology and technology can enslave
and liberate the ego, but it is that ego
which deﬁnes life, rather than the mere
physical bonds we experience. In turn,
one can contemplate a soul beneath the
ego and so the hero of the Matrix series
(Neo: an anagram of ‘One’) transcends
both mind and body to become a kind
of ghost, a recurring idea. But he could
not have done so without the doorway
of technology, either as friend or foe.
Do we just
Nobody knows for certain. We at ‘What Is Universe’ like to
belive that our consciousness, our soul, our life force is better
described as energy than pure information. If we follow our
idea... then ... can the ‘soul’ be the true doorway to a form of
immortality? And can it be traced to any currently measurable
science or empirical mathematical discipline? If we take a look
from the science point of view, our life force, our soul, that we
now assume to be energy, is neither created nor destroyed.
Some might argue here that the day we are born, we are
created. But what if we have always existed? What if we have
been born and we have died one thousand times over?
Because energy is never really lost - it transforms - it transcends.
From the day that we are born through adolescence and
adulthood, the cells in our body die. Well, better said, they
release their energy and give it back to the environment - so is
that energy lost? Life and death are all about moving energy
around - from one form to another.
We are touching on two rules here - the conservation of
information and the conservation of energy. As we know,
according to physics, information is never really lost. Black
holes may confuse this concept though, slightly, but luckily
we humans live on a planet instead of a black hole.
Our memories, experiences, feelings and all the information
that we gather throughout our life span never really disappear,
they will always remain part of the universe. They rather
become inaccesible, when our time comes, but remain
reconstructable. We are unsure on the other hand what exactly
happens to our soul, our life force, our consciousness - that we
earlier described as energy - once that leaves our body. Does
it transform? Does it simply go back into the environment?
Does it go into another dimension perhaps? Most importantly
does it ever come back?
Everything in this Universe is made up of specially organised
energy, even us. If you imagine that energy is the Lego blocks
that make up a structure, then the soul is the instructions on
how to organise those blocks.
The ‘physics’ of
THE ESSENCE OF ORDER
Planets, stars and galaxies are all formed from stardust and
energy. But then again if we look into the smallest particles of
each living organism, such as of humans, we can ﬁnd the same
building blocks. So maybe, once we leave this reality, we will
be spread across other dimesnions of the universe, exploring,
experiencing, waiting for that perfect moment in space and
time where we may once again be reborn, much like galaxies
are destroyed and formed over and over again.
stardust & energy
The question we want to ask
here is - is that order relevant?
Does a different order
produce a different outcome
each time? As human beings
we are conditioned to view
everything in a speciﬁc order.
It gives us a sense of safety
and makes things seem more
logical than they might be. If
we imagine the soul as the
packets while downloading
a torrent, let us say, then the
ordering in which we get the
blocks of information is totally
irrelevant, because once
the download is completed
then we have the data. The
essence will always remain
the same regardless of the
So then, what happens once
our time runs out? Is there life
after death? As the Persian
poet Rumi says:
“Death is our wedding
That is the truest deﬁnition
of death. The energy that we
release upon our demise is
given back to the environment
- to the Universe. We might
be reborn, resurrected,
reincarnated into another
form or another dimension.
But we never truly die.
For clariﬁcation allow us to mention here,
that multiple temporal dimensions may well
exist besides spatial dimensions; hard to
prove but the possibility is indeed real.
Maybe one day we will ﬁnd out if any of this is true or not.
Maybe one day we will have the answers to all these questions.
Or maybe we are just stuck in our current mindset and cannot
explain any of this. Maybe all we need is to step out of this
framework, that we have put ourselves in and enter the realm
of the undeﬁned. Maybe then we will understand.
We operate through frameworks and the ﬁrst
in the line of frameworks is our own mind.