Jan 132014

Question by IPU Reigns: Could the entire universe in an of itself be a living thing?
All living things within it being parasites living off the host?

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Answer by Pre-Destined
Yes. The universe is alive and dying as well. The universe is expanding and all the heat will seperate and the universe will end up dying in ice.

What do you think? Answer below!

  9 Responses to “Q&A: Could the entire universe in an of itself be a living thing?”

  1. Good imagination dude

    let me so a reserch n answer u
    experiment 1
    experiment 2
    experiment 3
    no its not!!

  2. Not as we:
    a) know the universe to be and function, or
    b) define life.

    As far as we know, the universe contains all known things and doesn’t meet a number of critical criteria to be qualified as “life.” If it contains all known things, then how was it born? What does it feed on? All known life requires sustenance of some sort and things do not feed themselves. Also, the universe does not apparently reproduce, nor respond to stimuli. It also does not appear to adapt to its environment (as it IS the environment) and there is no apparent, consistent, or observable/recognizable metabolism.

    If you say “If we totally redefine life so that the definition includes the universe, would the universe be considered to be alive?” then of course it would be. But if you use known observations and current definitions, then no, the universe fails to qualify as life on a number of fundamental levels.

  3. yes, there is no other way to describe the universe apart from being alive and intelligent.

    We can only describe a single life form correctly by also describing the environment around it and the universe is the environment in total, there are no separate parts to the universe everything exists as a part of it, so if we accept that life is a part of the universe then the universe itself has to be alive.

    Oh and it won’t die and go cold, life is cyclic just as the universe is, it will come and go and return again as it always has done.


    Further more our way of thinking is flawed, when we are born we tend to think of ourselves as coming into this world, we no more come into this world than do the apples on a tree, they come from the tree just as we come from the world, life is not some miracle that just happens by chance. It arises mutually with its environment and that in itself is the true miracle that we are as much a part of this entire universe as it is of us.

    We are the universe looking at itself from within.

  4. you think

  5. Wow, good question. As someone already stated, life is a state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction. The universe doesn’t react to stimuli and doesn’t reproduce: we only have one universe that we know of and if you believe in alternate universes we aren’t sure if THIS universe reproduces and creates new ones.

    On a deeper level, though, you’ve touched upon the notion of the superorganism. A body is a being composed individual cells, but those cells combine into a live being. James Lovelock proposed this in his book, “Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth”, Oxford University Press, 1979.

    A very astute observation on your part.

  6. We are not parasites, we are an integral part of the host. The entire universe contains all matter just we contain the same matter. It and we are all one.
    But humans have the breath of life.

  7. In the sense that consciousness is a living thing yes.

    This is more easily understandable if one considers the actual structure of an atom and the scale and placement of its components. If one takes into account the fact that the neutrons and protons form a dense cluster at the center of the atom and that the electrons orbit in such a way that huge spaces exist between them and the nucleus it becomes clear that the atoms that make up seemingly solid objects are made up of 99+ percent empty space at any given moment.

    This alone does not seem too important until you add the idea that the atoms that make up many seemingly solid objects are more of a loose conglomeration that share a similar attraction but never really touch each other.

    At first glance this does not really seem relevant, but closer analysis reveals that this adds a tremendous amount of empty space to solid objects that are already made up of atoms that could be thought of as 99 percent space. When so-called solid objects are seen in this light it becomes apparent that may not be the seemingly solid objects they appear to us to be.

    We ourselves are not exceptions to this phenomenon.

    These seemingly solid objects are more like ghostly images that we interpret as solid objects based on our perceptual conclusions.

    From this one could conclude that Perception is some sort of a trick that helps us to take these ghostly images and turns them into a world we can associate and interact with. This clever device seems to be a creation of our intellect that enables us to interact with each other in what appears to be a three dimensional reality.

    I want to add that this is based on my own personal way of looking at the situation and was never intended to be a physics lesson.

    Love and blessings Don

  8. Define a “living thing’.
    The biological definition is something that takes energy from its environment to grow and reproduce itself.
    The Universe IS the environment so the question is an oxymoron.
    We do play with ideas here, but we should try to play responsibly.

  9. Sure – I could argue well that it is a living thing. Life arose from matter. Spontaneously and inexorably. The Universe is made of matter. Ergo, life is a property of the Universe. I wouldn’t go on tho to say that the “living things” in it are parasites, more like organelles.

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