The universe is just one more thing to think about and we don’t need to think too much about it, a recent survey suggests.
But why do we think about it so much?
And is it really real?
The survey, which was carried out by the University of Reading, surveyed a range of topics in a bid to understand how people think about the universe and its inhabitants.
The findings, which were published in the journal Nature Communications, reveal that, while the universe may seem as abstract as the idea of a big bang, it’s actually not all that simple.
The survey found that when asked to describe the universe as a whole, around 90 per cent of respondents said they believed it was an abstract, mathematical concept.
However, this perception is not limited to scientists.
When asked to explain their view of things in the universe, almost half of the respondents said that they believed the universe was “simply” a computer simulation of the physical world.
This is because when we think of the Universe as a computer, we tend to focus on the things that are going on in it.
But, when we do this, we fail to take into account the things going on around us.
As a result, we think that the universe is made of a huge collection of tiny parts and that these parts have an interaction with each other.
In other words, we don´t think that there is much of a physical universe.
According to the study, we may be missing out on the realisation that there may be a lot more to the universe than we have ever realised.
“When we think we understand everything about the Universe, we’re actually missing out,” lead researcher Dr Mark Taylor said.
“When we are able to think outside the box and consider what we really think about what we understand about the world, we can really understand how we live in this world and how we should live in it.”
We may be losing the realisations of our existence as we have been conditioned to think that we can understand everything, study researcher Dr Paul Bostrom says.
This means we can’t understand why we are here, or what is going on, or how the universe works, the team from the University at Albany said.
“It is like a sponge that is constantly churning out more and more and we are always getting a new, more complicated and potentially harmful idea,” Dr Bostroom said.
“We may also be missing some of the most fundamental, important concepts that are in the Universe at large.”
If we are to live in a universe that we are meant to live, we should not just assume that everything is happening to us in our everyday life, and that everything that is happening is in our immediate environment.
“What are the implications of this finding for the future?
He suggested that there could be a need for further research in areas such as quantum entanglement, cosmology and the evolution of life. “
If you are interested in a better understanding of the nature of the cosmos, I think the survey can help,” he said.
He suggested that there could be a need for further research in areas such as quantum entanglement, cosmology and the evolution of life.
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