The following is excerpted from The Cosmic Hologram: Information at the Center of Creation by Jude Currivan, PhD, published by Inner Traditions.
An in-formed universe requires an in-former . . .
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking, physicist
Many pioneering scientists, including Planck, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and Einstein, have come to stand alongside spiritual seekers from all eras to gaze into the as yet unknown and ask the question of who or what creates our perfect Universe.
Indeed, from a letter he wrote in 1936 to young student Phyllis Wright, Einstein’s viewpoint holds that “everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.” I would maintain that we are now at a threshold where the next steps in revealing the essence of this great mystery are at last capable of integrating evidence-based and faith-based perspectives.
The growing scientific perception of the informational nature of all that we call physical reality is, at the same time, showing it to be in-formational, literally in-forming in its entirety and encompassing all from its simplest to its most complex forms.
In other words, our Universe is composed not from the all-pervasive presence of merely arbitrarily accumulated data and accidental processes, but ordered, patterned, relational, meaningful, and intelligible in-formation, exquisitely balanced, incredibly co-creative, staggeringly powerful, and yet fundamentally simple.
The in-formation present from the very beginning of space and time, as simple as it could be but no simpler, provided the essential instructions from which our 13.8-billion-year-old Universe has facilitated the evolution of ever greater levels of complexity. The informationally entropic progressions of its nonlocally connected intelligence has and continues to co-creatively express, explore, and experience on all scales of physical existence, as it advances to the embodiment of progressive self-awareness.
As there cannot be an in-formed universe without the existence of an in-former, without anthropomorphizing such creative impetus, the inevitable question that these scientific revelations come to is: Who or what is the ultimate intelligence that makes our perfect Universe?
We’ll now pose this essential query and see how the emerging understanding of the cosmic hologram offers a visionary perspective and new insights, both on this age-old enigma and in answer to it. With the increasing evidence that ours is a finite Universe within an ultimately infinite cosmic plenum, it’s also now an appropriate time for us to address notions of a multiverse of other universes beyond our own.
Our In-formed Universe
The French philosopher and author Marcel Proust once stated: “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes.” So has it been throughout the history of humanity, as we’ve come repeatedly to expand our vision of the world and see it and ourselves anew. With new data, we can amass further information and perceive the meaningful in-formation it encodes. From its intelligence we can progress to knowledge and onward to incorporate its strands into an interweaving tapestry of unfolding wisdom.
We began our exploration of the cosmic hologram by referring to the poetic and profound vision of the ancient Vedic sages of Indra’s net. Describing the holographic expression of the infinity of cosmic mind, we find ourselves, some three millennia and countless discoveries later, coming to essentially the same perspective, albeit recounting it in very different language. This developing convergence of views continues with an acknowledgment of the innate and all-pervasive intelligence that flows throughout and indeed makes up everything that we call the physical world.
Our “univer-soul” journey over the past 13.8 billion years has progressed from its radiant beginnings to the geospheres of planets, on to the emergent and complex biosphere we are members of on our own planetary home, to the globalized techno-sphere of the early twenty-first century.