So, it’s not 42?

The more we learn about the universe, the more we discover just how diverse all its planets, stars, nebulae and unexplained chunks of matter really are. So what is all this matter doing in our universe, other than just floating in space?

Well, it just so happens that there is a theory that gives a kind of raison d’etre to our universe and all the objects flying through it. If true, it would mean that our universe is nothing more than a black hole generator, or a means to produce as many baby universes as possible. To learn more, we spoke to the man who came up with the idea.

It’s called the theory of Cosmological Natural Selection and it was conjured by Lee Smolin, a researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and and an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Waterloo.



  1. Dallas says:

    Yes, I concur with the findings and hypotheses.

  2. bob dobbs says:

    “The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” -Harlan Ellison

  3. pedro says:

    If this line of thinking goes on, it will turn out that our universe was just the product of the creation of a black hole in another universe.

    This, in turn, will lead to the conclusion that galaxies are just fractals and there are indeed infinite parallel & serial universes.

    As always, this creates more questions than answers.

    • Dallas says:

      Go away . Your expertise is in black ho’s not black holes.

      • pedro says:

        Damn right I’m an expert on ho’s. ‘Round here you are the expert in black holes, dumb sheep

    • Gwad his own self says:

      As the parent of any 3 year old knows, the “why” of anything is infinitely recursive.

      The universe can only be described as a fractal, i.e. infinitely recursive by definition, and in every dimension including time.

      The human mind is build to recognize a beginning and an end, an alpha and an omega. Essentially no matter what aspect of the universe at large we examine, the parts before the beginning and after the end are invisible to us.

      I mean to you.

      • Gwad his own self says:

        woops I appear to have plagiarized pedro. Does that mean that Pedro has a great mind?

        I recognize the possibility.

  4. pedro says:

    Make that universes are fractals

  5. orchidcup says:

    As the circle of knowledge expands, so does the Sphere of darkness that encompasses it.

    – Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

  6. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    One should not confuse poetry with science, musings with an actual theory.

    There is no “reason” for the Universe. It just is, whatever it is. Free will makes it so. Even as limited as our free will is, nonetheless, it makes purpose at best only a metaphor.

    Yea, verily.

  7. god says:

    So, no one here reads Smolin, anyway. They graze Google for scraps.

  8. deowll says:

    I believe that it approximates certainty that none of the people posting to this blog have anything meaningful to say about the hypothesis including me.

  9. ReadyKilowatt says:

    String theory is interesting math in search of a purpose. When there’s no way to design an experiment to prove or disprove a theory, it’s not science, it’s faith.

  10. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    If we were not here to contemplate the universe and the universe existed, would it matter?

    • pedro says:

      We’ll never know. Just by observing it, we have already changed the universe. Your supposition might worth pondering in a parallel universe where we are not there.

      • Dallas says:

        Oh lord.

      • spsffan says:

        Not necessarily. Our observation of the universe might or might not change it’s nature, purpose, or future.

        Of course, we could never know whether it does or does not. For that matter, could our pondering about a parallel or serial universe change THAT universe? And how would we know?

  11. So what says:

    Why does the universe need a reason?

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Uncle Dave: “Why is the universe here?”

      So what: “Where else would it be?”

  12. Supreme Ultrahuman (I see the comment system is still designed for retards.) says:

    The purpose of the universe is obvious: to provide a place for evolution to produce Americans living in widely spaced private homes and drive 4x4s.

    As to why the universe needs a purpose: that is to define the parameters of when it is moral to destroy it. To destroy the universe now would be immoral as it’s still serving it’s purpose. If the green terrorists succeed in mandating high density housing and mass transit, then it’s not only moral to research and deploy a method of destroying the universe, it’s our moral duty to do so, since the universe will no longer have any value.

    If you can put aside silly emotions and rationally observe what’s important, it’s all very clear.

  13. Glenn E. says:

    “Cosmological Natural Selection”? Poppycock. Ever since Darwinist branches of the natural sciences started getting more money than the astrophysical branches. The “star gazers” have been determined to tag their models and hypotheses with the “Natural Selection” badge. Kind of like how so many research proposals get guaranteed grant funding, if they add “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” to their titles. And so Cosmology has been pursuing the evolutionary model, of how things grow in space. Whether they be stars, galaxies, and now universes.

    Of course, the FACT that there is no way to test any of this speculation’s validity, doesn’t seem to discourage them from making a living at it. And just like that seeming endless pursuit of subatomic particles, in high energy (and high dollar) physics. Nothing of any practical value is ever likely to come from this “research”. It WILL, only put food on the table of those doing it.

    So basically, our tax dollars are subsidizing various scientists, who might otherwise resort to designing dirty bombs for terrorists. But our government doesn’t reveal that to us, anymore. They only wish the drone target the “religious” fanatic terrorists. Not the scientific terrorists. They might prove useful, to our own military. Just as the WW2 German rocket scientists once did. Never mine that they probably were Nazis.

  14. UncDon says:

    The reason for the universe is so that bored inter-dimensional beings have something to do with their free time, like make inferior evolved primates build giant gold-and-jewel encrusted buildings venerating the inter-dimensional beings and their superior evolved existence.

  15. Uncle Patso says:

    In quantum physics certain processes and reactions occur as probability waves which only collapse to a single particle/interaction when observed.

    What I wonder is whether anyone has done experiments which detail just how much intelligence/awareness is required to collapse the wave? I’m not sure how such experiments would work — show bubble chamber interactions to a chimp? Could a flock of chickens collapse a wave? An amoeba?

  16. Uncle Patso says:

    I’ve also wondered why, during the Big Bang, didn’t the entire hot dense universe didn’t collapse into a black hole.

    • Dallas says:

      What makes you think that is not what is going to happen?

      We are still in the “during” part of the big bang.

  17. Lymphnode says:

    This is seriously old news

  18. Na Asin Ennaah says:

    I’ve been working on a theory that I believe supports every observation and resolves unexplained phenomona, and puzzlingly, I can not find anything related to my theory on the Web. I would wish to devulge it, but am a little hestant. While it is primarily simple, it is also shocking. I thought to say that of my theory, that you’re not going to like it, and then quickly realized that sounds exactly like the line in the Hitchhikers movie. At any rate, if I don’t reveal what I’ve discovered, I’m sure it will be discovered eventually by those whom profession, and feeling that is only right that it be they, to do so. So, not today; not from me. I’m sorry. It’s awesome though. The science community is very close, yet I worry it will slip by them if they…. Hint: See the Universe inverse, and realize what is really moving and what is not. Good luck.