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The Culmination of Intelligence in the Eternal Multiverse by John Likides - Essay

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Across the eternal multiverse, a few civilizations survive their adolescence, improve perpetually, survive indefinitely, and attain a technology-wisdom synergy that culminates in plasma-being: a super-gas-like communal existence capable of god-like feats. Plasma-being civilizations frequent galactic centers because of the high star-density providing abundant free energy and because of the black hole at the core of most galaxies. Plasma-being civilizations monitor the most massive black holes and periodically compel some of them to shrink to a singularity and manifest themselves elsewhere as white holes—big bangs that begin new universes. Plasma-being civilizations are focused on their technology-wisdom synergy—free from the paradoxes that plague adolescent species like humanity.

As our Sun is one of hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, and as our galaxy is one of countless other galaxies in this universe, so this universe is one of countless other universes: the eternal multiverse, which has no outside because by definition it comprises all that has ever existed. Furthermore, since successful mechanisms recur naturally (galaxies, stars, heavy elements, rocky planets, watery worlds, RNA, DNA, stereoscopic vision, bipedalism, symbolic thinking, metacognition, advanced culture, technology, and so on), the big bang that began this universe was one of many similar events: black holes that shrink to singularities and manifest as white holes—other universes. In other words,

the eternal multiverse is a multidimensional kaleidoscope, a unitary organic whole—a monistic reality that doesn’t abide by the dualisms that plague the human mind: beginning/end, mind/body, and so on. As a result, wondering about what supports the multiverse, what lies outside of it, what came before it, who created it, and so on amounts to projecting human attributes onto an immortal reality.

Before we proceed, let’s address creationists’ objection: Since universes result from black holes’ turning into white ones, and since successful mechanisms repeat themselves, shouldn’t the multiverse itself have a cause? From Plato to Einstein, creationists concluded the existence of a supernatural creator. However, infinite regression is much more likely because we see it in nature (from macroscopic superclusters to solar systems to microscopic particles resembling star systems) and because infinite regression is much less presumptuous and thus more likely, according to scientific parsimony: The simplest explanation is almost always the most likely. In addition, quantum mechanics suggests that on the smallest scales, strange phenomena occur, such as particles appearing out of nowhere and disappearing without a trace, and the same thing is probably true at the grandest scale—the multiverse, which by definition doesn’t abide by binaries: in/out, beginning/end, body/mind, and so on.

For a variety of reasons, such as favorable natural conditions and some good luck during their adolescence, a few civilizations in the eternal multiverse mature, synergize wisdom and technology, spread across their native galaxy and to others, improve perpetually, and survive indefinitely. Adolescent civilizations’ basic life-extending implants and prosthetics (teeth, defibrillators, pacemakers, hips, spinal-fusion hardware, traumatic-fracture-repair hardware, and others) mature into cybernetic technologies (cloning, consciousness-transfer, and others) that make individuals essentially immortal and enable societies to heal the individual/community rift that plagues adolescent civilizations. Thus, advanced societies become increasingly more communal. The next step for them is to refine their physicality and make it more ethereal, so they can travel more easily across their native universe and perform all kinds of increasingly more impressive feats culminating in plasma-being, which continues to evolve.

In fact, as ultra-advanced civilizations continue to