I recently developed a theory which stated that reality is in fact the result of evolved intelligence. As many theories have fun and catchy names, I decided I would give this one a name: regence. It is named to blend reality and intelligence into one word, into one entity. This is because I want to stress the fact that they are indeed the same, equivalent things.
Now this theory is vastly philosophical, riding heavily upon speculation. However many of the claims that I have made are indeed supported by scientific discoveries and facts that are known today. In this post I would like to dive a little deeper into these scientific foundations and explain how I developed them into this theory.
To start, I will separate the pure philosophical conjecture from the supported scientific conjecture. I made the claim that the logical path of a super-intelligence would be to continue to understand and gain information about the true nature of reality. While I find this highly plausible, it is the claim which is most vulnerable to criticism and unsupported by any science. It is impossible to know what an intelligence which has surpassed the human would value to understand and gather information about. The super-intelligence could very well deem understanding the nature of reality as uninteresting and obsolete. The super-intelligence could become occupied with something that I cannot even fathom.
I believe, however, that with an understanding of intelligence it is possible to predict a trajectory for where it is headed. While a super-intelligence will surpass that of humans, it is important to remember that this intelligence is indeed human. While its form may depart from our biological bodies, its mind is the child of a human. If I could put my money on any one trait that this super-intelligence would inherit from its parents (us humans!), it would be the value of curiosity.
Curiosity is what has driven human evolution in all of history. It is the trait that has caused man to question his surroundings and seek an answer. While our methods may have been crude for thousands of years, we have made vast improvements in recent history. The development of the scientific method has radically changed the way in which we attempt to quench our curiosity. As opposed to arguing about conjecture and intuition, the scientific method has given reproducible results which can explain (however counter-intuitive) phenomenon we experience in the universe.
In essence, intelligence is simply the product of curiosity. When there is curiosity, we attempt to quench it with explanation and experimentation resulting in intelligence. While our intelligence was imperfect for thousands of years, the trajectory was towards evolution to a better form. Therefore, when I claim that a super-intelligence will value gaining information and an understanding of the true nature of reality, it is because I believe a super-intelligence is in fact intelligence.
Let me explain further: a human encounters a phenomenon. Their most affluent trait reveals itself, curiosity. The human then applies that curiosity to the phenomenon. To be curious directly results in the process of trying to gain information and understanding to the true nature of that phenomenon, i.e. the true nature of that piece of reality. Whatever information and understanding has been gained at the end of the process I would define as intelligence. Yes, it is imperfect, but it will evolve.
Therefore, a super-intelligence would be somehow defying its very own definition if it wanted to abandon the process of gaining information and an understanding about the true nature of reality. This is why my projection of a super-intelligence continuing to evolve towards more accurate and precise methods of gaining information and an understanding of reality seems extremely reasonable. The intelligence will also seek to reduce the amount of human imperfections to evolve the most efficiently (see my previous post “Intelligence Is Reality” for more on this).
Now I will be dealing with the conjectures I have made that are supported by current scientific fact and theory. A major foundation of this theory is that the universe is synonymous with intelligence. Robert Lanza, who is the Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology and Adjunct Professor at Wakeforest University School of Medicine has developed a theory called ‘biocentrism’ which asserts that our consciousness creates the objective reality we perceive. Nothing that we deem as objective really exists independent of our conscious existence. I latched on to this theory as soon as I read it, but not because of its profound philosophical and existential implications. This theory uses the nature of quantum mechanics and gives it true meaning.
Quantum mechanics have for the most part been philosophically ignored for 100 years. While recently physicists, philosophers, and other academics have started to pay closer attention to its implications I believe this is one of the best interpretations of what quantum mechanics truly means. While I strongly suggest reading Dr. Lanza’s book entitled “Biocentrism”, I am posting this video which sums up most of its points very powerfully.
Biocentrism neatly lays out seven principles which define it.
- What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An “external” reality, if it existed, would–by definition–have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
- Our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. They are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
- The behavior of subatomic particles–indeed all particles and objects–is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves.
- Without consciousness, “matter” dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state.
- The structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism. The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around. The “universe” is simply the complete spatio-temporal logic of the self.
- Time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception. It is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe.
- Space, like time, is not an object or a thing. Space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality. We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells. Thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.
(Lanza, Robert, MD, and Bob Berman. “Space Out.” Biocentrism. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2010. 127. Print.)
I see in this sense intelligence and consciousness, for all intents and purposes, being synonymous. While biocentrism accounts for the intense duality of reality and consciousness, I add the consequence of evolution.
It is funny because after I had uploaded my post “Intelligence Is Reality” I listened to a podcast that I very much enjoy called “Universe City”. They were doing an episode on a recent paper published in “Physics Letters B” entitled, ‘Cosmology from quantum potential’. While I had encountered this paper some time ago I had not really understood what it meant. It is very complicated and mathematical which is why I was so happy to have the guys at Universe City bring it to a level which I could fully digest.
What this paper truly implies seems to support the regence theory, as well as biocentrism. When these physicists and mathematicians accounted for the quantum nature of reality, suddenly the mathematics became simpler. When the Big Bang was not considered the ‘beginning of time’, and quantum mechanics were included, the universe became easier to understand (in a mathematical sense). If we are to understand the true nature of reality we must accept the fact that what we are observing is not an objective and external reality that is different from consciousness and intelligence, but rather is a manifestation of it.
If you remember from my previous regence post, a consequence of the theory is infinite ‘reincarnation’. I am hesitant to use reincarnation because it does not fully represent the idea. As our intelligence evolves, it rapidly approaches gaining the complete and total sum of information which understands and is reality. The ultimate fate of our evolving intelligence, or consciousness as Robert Lanza would say, is to become reality itself. In that moment, another reality, identical in every way to the one in which we exist, is born. This idea can be understood as a reincarnation of our existence.
It was particularly exciting to hear the guys at Universe City explain that this theme is implied in the new paper. They referred to it as supporting the Hindu belief in reincarnation. I think this lends support to regence on another level which was quite unexpected from me. Following is a link to the paper:
While this worldview may be difficult to grasp, I believe strongly that it is the most accurate and logical interpretation which accounts for all of the information we currently have of the universe. To simply throw quantum mechanics out and choose to ignore their reproducibility and apparent practicality in physics is illogical.
I will continue to add any more evidence I find supporting regence, which surely goes beyond face value!