A Harvard scientist has a fascinating theory about how our Universe was formed: it was created in a laboratory by a higher “class” of lifeform.
Avi Loeb, bestselling author and former chair of Harvard’s astronomy department, wrote an op-ed in Scientific American this week positing that the Universe could have been created in a laboratory by a “advanced technological civilization.” If true, the origin story would bring together the religious concept of a creator and the secular concept of quantum gravity, he said.
“Since our Universe has a flat geometry with a zero net energy, an advanced civilization could have developed a technology that created a baby universe out of nothing through quantum tunneling,” Loeb wrote.
Class A Civilization
The civilization classification system is one of the more intriguing ideas proposed in an article brimming with them. According to Loeb, humans are class C as a low-level technological civilization (or a civilization dependent on its host star).
If and when our technology progresses to the point where we can become independent of the Sun, we will be classified as class B. We’d be class A if we could create our own baby universes in a laboratory (like our theoretical creators).
Of course, a number of obstacles stand in our way, the most significant of which is our inability to create a “large enough density of dark energy within a small region,” according to Loeb. However, if and when we arrive, we’ll be able to join our theoretical creators in class A!
In any case, the theory is compelling, humbling, and a little bit frightening as well. If Loeb’s past theories are also to be believed, we’re likely not the only ones out there gunning for class A status either.
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