At the start of the Universe there is nothing, nothing exists, not even time. The most fundamental notion, a state of existence itself, has to be defined. But as nothing exists, how can a state of existence be defined ? The only solution is simply to introduce a state of non-existence.
To define and distinguish these two states we can say that one is the opposite of the other one, or if one “is”, the other one “is not”. These two states represent a piece of potential information, like bits in a computer, either 0 or 1.
The notion of existence itself is relative. Each state is existence from its own point of view and non-existence from the other’s. The two states cannot exist without one another but they nevertheless are in two opposite realities. We will call these two opposite states a Quantum Bit (QB). From a single reality’s point of view, a QB is like a computer bit, it is either in one state or another, either existence or non-existence. A QB is constantly flicking between existence and non-existence and this is because, with nothing else interfering with it, the chance of something existing is 50% and the chance of it not existing is also 50%. A QB is effectively a bit of potential information but we could equally call it a bit of potential existence.
From the point of view of the whole Universe, the existence of a QB is inevitable; something either does exists or does not exist. The time and place at which this existence happens cannot be defined at this stage as the notion of time or space is not yet defined.
At this stage, we could say that QB’s are anywhere and at anytime but also everywhere and at everytime. From this point of view, we could say that the Universe is infinite and has always existed.
Potential information/existence in the form of QB’s is therefore ubiquitous in the Universe. But in order to transform this potential information/existence into a reality, something else is needed. That something is what we commonly call a state of consciousness. Without a state of consciousness, these two states would be meaningless. Our reality, at the most fundamental level, is therefore a coherent combination of these three states: existence, non-existence and consciousness.
From the point of view of the whole Universe, a QB could be assimilated to what is commonly called a QuBit. A QB is a superposition of two states (Existence/non-existence) and only when observed (by a state of consciousness) would it take a definite value.
Consciousness, at the most basic level, transforms potential information into real information and eventually creates a reality. Without consciousness our Universe would remain in a state of eternal potential information. In other words, it would not become a reality.
A reality is therefore inevitably linked to a certain state of consciousness. But how can consciousness emerge from ubiquitous potential information ? To explain this we will have to go back to the original question: how can a state of existence be defined ?
The simple fact of asking this question requires a certain state of consciousness. Obviously, from our point of view, this state of consciousness must come from a conscious entity (a certain state of developed consciousness) but we could also imagine that, at the very beginning of our Universe, only a primordial state of consciousness would be sufficient. The consciousness exhibited by a living person would simply be an evolution of that primordial state of consciousness, in the same way that the body of a living person is the evolution of a primordial cell.
We have seen previously that the existence of a QB is inevitable, but this also implies that the existence of a choice between a state of existence and a state of non-existence is inevitable. A primordial state of consciousness would appear once that choice has been made. But what can trigger that choice in the first instance ?
In the same way that something either does exist or does not exist, a choice can either be made or not be made.
If a choice is made, it implies that a primordial state of consciousness exists because we have seen previously that a primordial state of consciousness would appear once a choice is made. In this case, the primordial state of consciousness has in fact made the choice to exist.
If a choice is not made, it would seem to imply that a primordial state of consciousness does not exist because no choice is made but, from a different point of view, it could also imply that a primordial state of consciousness has made the choice not to exist and in doing so it made a choice nevertheless, therefore creating its own appearance. We now see that, in the same way that the existence of a QB is inevitable, the existence of a primordial state of consciousness is also inevitable. In other words, consciousness is ubiquitous in the Universe.
If the existence of a QB (existence/non-existence) and the existence of a primordial state of consciousness are ubiquitous and inevitable in the Universe, then the appearance of a “reality” is also inevitable.
So we have now a possible answer to the famous question: why is there something rather than nothing ? Well, in fact, there is not. As far as the whole Universe is concerned there is as much something as there is nothing, as both are relative. If there is a reality made of “something”, there inevitably is the same opposite reality made of “nothing”. “Something” or “Nothing” are simply two opposite states and only a state of consciousness will decide which is which.
What about time in all of this ? We can envisage that time has a beginning when the first choice is made or when the first primordial state of consciousness emerges but we can also envisage that this is happening all the time, so effectively there could be an infinity of realities each of them with their own beginning of time but we live our life in only one of them: our own reality (ie: the Universe we live in). So, as seen previously, if we regard the Universe as made of potential realities, then we can say that it is infinite and that it has always existed but if we regard the Universe from our own reality’s point of view, it has a beginning and it is finite.
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