C2 = Chapter 2
Let’s create a world!
Who doesn’t dream of having their own kingdom, their own universe, all to themselves? A sandpit in which everything goes exactly the way you want it to.
Probably many don’t.
Firstly, the idea of it is not realistic at all, and secondly, it is no longer fun when everything goes exactly as you want it to. Both are valid arguments, but let’s just imagine for a moment that we would have pressed „New Game“ in the universe or the escape key, would have fled to the main menu in life, and would now have the option of a very own playground to create. Then it would quickly become clear that logic and reason cannot be used to argue here! Not even with feelings and principles, since even the illogical in the «main menu» does not exist. What is that supposed to be, this “main menu”? Answer: The starting point of our universe. When the big bang happened, the exact same procedure was set in motion as is done every day by pressing the “New Game” button in video games or the “New File” button in text documents. So we just make this new world, design it as we want it, and just assume that it would (for whatever reason) always track the same structure, the same creatures and the same stories as our universe, with the exception that there are now Sophie and Phil, both very dreamy contemporaries who do not exist in our universe.
The two characters are initially unimportant, in the second book they play a more decisive role, though.
So yeah, it’s a parallel universe. A sandpit that I would now like to use to explain the world – the real world – to you. Just imagine you were just born, but you already have the ability to understand and read. How does that work again? Reading is the ability to identify letters as words and to match these words with the appropriate (correct) pictures. When you think of „dog“ you think of a real dog, with shaggy hair, a hanging tongue, black, big, round, button eyes, and white fur …
What ? Did you just have a completely different idea of a dog?
That’s fine. As long as you’ve thought of any breed of dog, that’s a sign that you can read.
Understanding is basically the same thing, only that you can read situations. In other words: to respond correctly to every situation, i.e. to be able to act. Perfect ! Now we have all the tools we need to create our very own world! In this book, this world will only be available as a model for you to help you understand the principle of life and everything around you. From 0 on, as if you were just old enough to be able to understand things. What are we waiting for ? First of all, we need a foundation. Why ? Well, if we want to create something, it hardly makes sense not to have any sense. We need the principle that you probably take for granted all the time: striving for simplicity, strength, greatness, the best! You will find out why this is so in the following chapters. We take rules as a basis. Like the ones I already mentioned: striving for the best. The second rule is directly related to this: logic. If we have a rule, it must also have a corresponding reason so that our world cannot collapse. Why don’t we want that? We answered in the first definition: Because we want to create the best possible world! So now we have rules. Terrific. What are they bringing us now? Well, what do we actually want to achieve? We’ll now specify that again in more detail: We want a world so that you can learn something. What does a world need?
Two things: space and time. Why ? We humans don’t know yet.
Science is responsible for this. Until then, the following applies: Fantasy is only possible through reality, means we simply take pictures that we have learned from reality, i.e. have understood, and connect them, separate them, rotate them … do everything possible, and thereby create our own world. It’s sad that people are unable to imagine things that don’t exist. However ! Now we know the stuff our world is made of! … um. Don’t we We have not defined anything, how can we suddenly have material if we have nothing but space up to now? [Science is not there yet, but my theories would be that matter is space too….] But these are just theories! We’re going by facts here! After all, our world should be logical and inviolable, unique, and with details that no other world has, making us the best of the best! How is it actually measured, which difference makes it better now, and which makes it worse? This is also dealt with in the following chapters. So: space and time exist. Is the only thing that exists so far. But there should still be something in the room, shouldn’t it? Let’s say, because we can also distinguish between good and bad, that there should be the same in the material of the world. We also need names for this so that they can be easily distinguished. How about: electrons and protons? Well then we have that … Do you remember what we first defined? We need uniform logical rules and laws. Incidentally, we can do whatever we want, as long as it corresponds to the logic. You already know why. [The same goes for people in everyday life. They believe that they have a completely free choice, and a large part of what they decide is largely influenced by the brain, its developments, its stimuli from events and people, if not 99%. Only this little voice in your head, which psychologically can be described as resilience, is your real you in certain situations.] Keep going! Now we have already created things with electrons and protons! Isn’t that great? Enjoy it for as long as you want, but now comes the really cool part: From a logical point of view, we have to assume that we know exactly which and how many things exist in our universe at any point in time. Now imagine you are floating in your room and you should be able to know this information somehow. But all you can do is read and understand. Now the part of understanding really comes into play! You should now realize that for this information you need to create one more thing: numbers! Only with letters and pictures can you create the numbers that follow a logical system. It is enough to just make a number, and since everything in your universe is strictly logical, the following will take place: Let’s say you created the number zero. Hold a point like your protons and electrons, but with nothing, no property like good or bad. With really nothing, let’s say so little that even the middle of the point is missing! Stop as little as possible to present information. So zero means nothing, nothing at all, nothing good, not bad. Now the laws of logic come into play and say: “If there is a number zero, there is automatically also the number one, otherwise the information could not be displayed at all. But since there are now two pieces of information, there must also be the number two. Now we already have three numbers!»
This goes on and on until enough numbers are available to finally let your protons and electrons create something! Only what ? Without a blueprint, the universe has no idea that it can create anything! For this we need concepts that are coherent for all subsequent structures in order to be able to create as much as possible. So everything. Everything has to be perfectly coordinated with the previous rules and the rules that are still to come. So let’s set an order. First of all, a concept that can represent the states in all areas of the universe. This then also decides in which dimensions things can exist and in which they cannot. Next we need space and time. These concepts should also bring something, because if something (in this case already: numbers and mathematics) exists, then it can already describe the universe so well that there would only have to be one reason to put the whole thing into practice now. Our reason is because this book is meant to explain something to you about who you are, what you are up to, and how to do it. What the real universe, in which you and I live at this moment, thought, nobody knows yet. There are theories. Just like the theories I’m about to present to you. But knowledge can only be provided by current science. Continue in the text! So we now have the mathematics, the blueprint for the forms that should exist, consisting of points that exist according to the laws of logic and that do not change without external influences. At least it sounds pretty stable to my ears. Other universes may be structured in the same way, but that is how it has to be. After all, everything has to be rational so that anything can be created at all. Accordingly, the next rational step for us would be to plan the next building block of our bladder: Currently there are protons and electrons with their laws of attraction and repulsion, along with mathematics that made a bunch of numbers (infinitely many, actually). This gives us the concepts, the rules of the game … but everything is still pretty simple. If something should be considered better, it should also be a little more complex, otherwise everyone understands it and can easily outbid you and build something more complex. We want to keep our universe most complex besides stability, size and rationality. So we simply add properties to each building block, but at the beginning only two building blocks are sufficient, the rest, like the numbers, develops by itself. Since there is now something complex, we can assume that chemistry will also give rise to another science. We can hardly control them, after all, we are only able to define the concepts, rules of the game and properties at the beginning, before we press «Start game» or «Start simulation». Since nothing stands in our way, let’s see what happens now! Boom? No boom. As far as we know today, the game will not develop at the beginning, but only afterwards 10-43 seconds (Planck time). We have an empty sphere, that which we have calculated on the basis of geometry and which, thanks to space and time, can now allow to exist. At first it was as big as Planck’s size, because if all the construction plans etc. are to apply in the universe too, the information must also be stored somewhere, and that then forms the edge of the universe in the course of the process. Yep, you read that right, your universe in your head is a bubble of pure math. Until now. The bubble is expanding because the logic is still counting how many numbers there are, and it tries to be able to represent it in the form of a number (we didn’t render this display btw, what should we do with it?), Which means always a new number has to be found, which leads to more information, and the bubble now spreads evenly. Around it is pretty much nothing. We didn’t define anything there. So far only matter, space and time within this bubble, which by the way looks the same from all outer sides in space. The cosmological or Copernican principle describes why this is so.
In your head you can easily explain to yourself that the ball is the most stable shape in space, as long as nothing else affects the stability through strong interactions. Meanwhile, the Quark Era begins inside this sphere, so after about 10-35 to 10-32 seconds your ball has developed from an enormously tiny ball, roughly into a stately soccer ball. Cosmic inflation sets in, your universe, like the real one, takes its course. Some really crazy things happen during this time.
Elements that you could not have imagined emerge over time. Stars develop, lumps develop, on these lumps life arises, which then dies, for the most part, then there is life again, this time they even take this sh*t seriously, many more species arise and die in the meantime, but after quite a bit time… uh, after a very long time (your head shouldn’t be able to live that long, so live the simulation!) there is a very special species of animal.
Yeah, that’s us. We’re made up entirely of math, physics, chemistry, and biology, and we didn’t even invent the latter in the beginning!
Then in the meantime we were even very productive (and destructive), diligently building things like libraries, then destroying them again, then meeting each other on this planet called Earth, and first of all declared war on each other. And that over a longer period of time, but nothing compared to what has already happened in the bubble and what is still to happen.
So, yeah… we did it! We have arrived in this day and age!
Now we have the advantage of your brain: We humans are partly rational, but also so complex that we can make irrational decisions even with a rational brain. Unbelievable ? Simple creatures without this „brain“ make mistakes simply because they cannot do better. More complex creatures have so much information to process that they make mistakes, even though they know the right action / decision, but cannot deal with this complexity.
Have fun in your world! You will (maybe) need it to appreciate the beauty of this (physical) world even more ;).
Thank you for reading!