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The Generative Universe Hypothesis

Remembering Lee Smolin’s theory of the dynamical evolution of the universe  where through a form of natural selection, black holes spawn new universes, I thought that if a superintelligent civilization understood its mechanics, they may try to control it, and engineer or bias the spawned universe – say that they found out how to talk along the parent/child relations between universes, it may be a an energy efficient way achieve some of the outcomes of simulations (as described in Nick Bostrom’s Simulation Hypothesis).

Why leave the future evolution of universes up to blind natural selection?  An advanced post-singularity alien civs might hypothesize an extremely strict set of criteria to allow for the formation of the right kinds of matter and energy in child universes to either mirror our own universe, or take it to another level – where the limits of computation is limited by the laws of this universe, it may be that spawning a new universe could allow for more efficient computation.

It may also be a great way to escape the heat death of the universe 🙂

I spoke about the idea with Andrew Arnel recently while out for a drink, where I came up with a really cool name for this idea – though I can’t remember what it was 🙂  perhaps it only sounds good after a few beers – perhaps it was something like the ‘generative’ or’ spawnulation or ‘genulation’ hypothesis…