Ideas About the Nature of the Universe: 1

This series of posts will be about my ideas on the nature of the universe, as distinct from my questions about current theories on that subject. They are a mixture of independently well-known concepts combined in a somewhat peculiar manner. Subsequent posts in this series will have diagrams, as necessary.

Both matter and energy have two types of tags: ‘contents’ and ‘position’.

Let us handle ‘position’ first. Even if we ignore the uncertainty principle, the position of each particle or wave in the universe can be measured only to the resolution of its smallest known constituent. You cannot reliably measure anything smaller than the smallest thing that can be sensed by your detector.

Imagine that the grid these basic particles exist in (Cartesian coordinates and any number of additional dimensions) have a unit so small that it cannot be directly measured- only inferred from indirect experiments and calculations. Now imagine that only one basic particle can occupy one position in the grid at any given moment.

So what is a ‘basic particle’? Think about something along the lines of ‘quarks’. Essentially, you can make anything in any universe out of a basic set of these particles. It may not even be necessary to have more than one particle.

The sum of interacting particles often exposes properties that cannot be deduced by looking at them in isolation. Example- Could you really guess the properties of water (H20) by just studying the observable properties of elemental or even molecular hydrogen and oxygen? Same with salt (NaCl) or various types of DNA/RNA, proteins (CHONSP compounds).

So far, we have-

1. A universal grid where no two basic particle can have the same position at once.

2. Aggregates of basic particles with emergent properties.

Now imagine that each particle can sample every position. Since the number of particles is far smaller than the number of positions, we would get mostly empty universes. However, each set of starting positions for all basic particles in the grid is a unique system- aka universe.

We can assume that a few universes will blow up immediately, some may have short lives and others may be essentially eternal. But they are all in the same grid, and if we could follow each basic particle around, we would see that it was distributed uniformly as a probability (present/ not present ratio).

Since each universe might have a different set of subatomic particle types, it is reasonable to assume that the smallest measurable interval of time in one universe might vary from another. Therefore each aggregate particle could have two ‘clocks’- one for its constituents and one for the basic aggregates (subatomic particles). Each universe could then evolve on its own trajectory based on the extra interactions uncovered by the formation of its unique starting assembly of aggregates (properties and positions).

It would be feasible to compute the course of each open-ended simulation simultaneously, such that all feasible universes exist at once, without interacting with each other.

Will answer questions about the basic idea, if you ask them


  1. January 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Sounds a lot like Wolfram’s cellular automaton literature (which, I should warn you, has a bad rep in mathematics since Wolfram basically traded rigor for sensationalism at every possible opportunity).

  2. January 31, 2011 at 5:55 am
  3. Nestorius
    January 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    There is one problem. We have elements that always come in a combination and that have a specific movement. How are these elements supposed to form two universes at the same time?
    What about infinity? The universe is infinite outwards and inwards, i.e. you can zoom in or zoom out the picture infinitly.
    So, based on this, do you we know that quark is not made of something else?

  1. January 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

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