The nöosphere has been defined as the sum total of all human knowledge and experience. This would include everything from our most private dreams to our knowledge of Universe itself. With accelerating technology as its catalyst, our nöopshere is expanding at its greatest rate in history.
According to the standard inflationary model of cosmology, the ‘visible’ universe mapped by our telescopes is an infinitesimally small speck in a much larger universe of at least a 1035 light-year radius. If the galactic density of our own neighborhood is typical, then our bubble-universe could contain at least another 10100 galaxies – more galaxies than atoms in our own visible universe!
Despite the possibilility that life might be extremely rare, a number as large as 10100 is likely to produce an abundance of life throughout the universe. A place where countless lifeforms evolve beyond their womb planets into highly advanced space-faring civilizations. Even if somehow life only occurs once in the lifetime of a trillion galaxies, and out of those only one a trillion ever evolves out of its womb planet, in this model we’re still left with an astounding 1075advanced societies – more alien cultures than the number of atoms composing planet Earth! For some perspective on such a number, there are more atoms in a single grain of sand than there are grains of sand on the beach from which it was plucked.
Assuming life were this rare, our nearest star-hopping neighbors would probably be trillions of light-years away. Only future technologies like travel through traversable wormholes (like the hyperspace of Star Wars) might ever give us the ability to connect with these cultures. For an enlightening discussion of some possible scenarios, see Michael C. Price’s Some Implications of Traversible Wormholes.
According to Price, the implications of such ‘Contact’ would be staggering,”The number of alien cultures would be so large, that it is unlikely anyone could ever catalog all of them, even if they did have computers the size of Jupiter! No historian could encompass the sweep of history, no biologist catalog the species. In a profound sense we’ll have returned to a vast ancient world, surrounded by distant lands populated with mythical and fantastic creatures. Construction of a single universal map would be impossible. The culture shock of trying to absorb such a vast amount of new data would take close to eternity.
“If she lost her personal wormhole and forgot her
trans-species designation code (a seventy digit number!) she
would never, ever find her way home again. None of her
descriptions of where she comes from would relate to
anything anyone else knows. “
And just when you thought the universe couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the idea of
other universes and infinite dimensions…
As if 1075 star cultures all interacting with one another in a universe bigger than any of them can imagine isn’t enough, these may be just the civilizations that evolved in our universe. According to cosmologists like Alan Guth and Lee Smolin, our universe may be only one among an endless variety of others, resulting from a biological process of replication, natural selection and diversification. The idea being that our universe is only one among trillions of other offspring, born from the black holes of an older ancestral universe, in a chain stretching back indefinitely. Likewise our universe might be spinning off millions of baby universes through its own black holes.
According to David Bohm, the 4-dimensional universe we ‘experience’ (the explicate order), is just an arbitrary 4-d submanifold of an infinite dimensional multiverse (the implicate order). Everything we experience might then be just one set of arbitrary conditions among an infinite continuum of possibility.
In this context, a traversable wormhole could be seen as 5-d vector from one 4-d slice to another. A more interesting implication of traversable wormholes, is they open the possibility of engineering our own baby universes. One day we might figure out how to do this with such finesse, that we can change the universal constants, like we do our own DNA with genetic engineering. In this case we could utilize such ‘universal engineering’, ‘cloning’ and ‘splicing’ methods to create our own custom/mutated universes. Imagine creating an endless numbers of other universes, each increasingly tailored to our own desires; playing in dimensions so far beyond our own that familiar concepts like space, time, matter and energy have no meaning. It’s possible this has already been done. Perhaps we are already living in one of these artificial universes, created and imagined by beings from a previous ancestral universe.