The Meduso-Anthropic Principle is a quasi-organic universe theory proposed by the mathematician and quantum gravity scholar Louis Crane (1994).
A variant of cosmological natural selection (CNS)
Crane's theory is a variant of the hypothesis of cosmological natural selection (fecund universes), originally proposed by cosmologist Lee Smolin (1992). It suggests the development and life cycle of the universe is similar to that of Corals and Jellyfish, in which dynamic (universe-like) Medusa generations alternate with sessile (black-hole-like) Polyp generations. In the proposed life cycle, the Universe develops intelligent life and intelligent life produces new baby universes. Crane further speculates that our universe may also exist as a black hole in a parallel universe, and extraterrestrial life there may have created that black hole.
Crane's work was published in 1994 as a preprint on arXiv.org. In 1995, in an an article in QJRAS, emeritus cosmologist Edward Harrison (1919-2007) independently proposed that the purpose of intelligent life is to produce successor universes, in a process driven by natural selection at the universal scale.
Why future civilizations might create black holes
Crane speculates that successful industrial civilizations will eventually create black holes, both for scientific research and for energy production. After the hydrogen of the universe is exhausted civilizations may need to create black holes in order to survive and give their descendants the chance to survive. He proposes that Hawking radiation from very small, carefully engineered black holes would provide the energy enabling civilizations to continue living when other energy sources are exhausted.
According to Crane mind and matter are linked in an organic-like paradigm applied at the universe scale. Natural selection in living systems has given organisms the imperative to survive and reproduce, and directed their intelligence to that purpose. Crane believes that philosophers have been correct when they felt that Humans have some purpose. The MAP interprets that purpose with respect to universe maintenance and reproduction. Universes of matter produce intelligence, and intelligent entities are driven to produce new universes.
- Cosmological natural selection (fecund universes)
- Selfish biocosm hypothesis
- Crane, Louis (1994) Possible Implications of the Quantum Theory of Gravity: An Introduction to the Meduso-Anthropic Principle (PDF), arXiv:hep-th/9402104v1
- Harrison, Edward R. (1995) The Natural Selection of Universes Containing Intelligent Life. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society 36:193.
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