Bernard Haisch

Astrophysicist, Author


The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing in Einstein, Darwin and God Bernard Haisch. Astrophysicist George Ellis has written: “What is clear is that life, as we know it, would not be possible if there were very small changes to either physics or the expanding universe that we see around us. There are many aspects of physics, which, if they were different, would prevent any life at all existing…. We are now realizing that the universe is a very extraordinary place, in the sense that it is fine tuned so that life will exist.”

There are two interpretations possible: (1) Our Universe is part of a multiverse containing vast, or even infinite, numbers of universes which have an enormous range of properties, and this, of course is the view of mainstream science; or (2) the laws of our Universe reflect some great intelligence. As astrophysicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” In the latter view consciousness becomes the primary stuff of reality, not matter. Add to the mix that recent quantum physics experiments such as the measurement of the Bell inequality, the Leggett inequality, Wheeler delayed choice experiments and others point to the central role of consciousness in creating reality at the quantum level. In their book Quantum Enigma, UC Santa Cruz physicists Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner write: “Accordingly, before a look collapses a widely spread-out wavefunction to the particular place where the atom is found, the atom did not exist there prior to the look. The look brought about the atom’s existence at that particular place – for everyone.” The hard, objective evidence for either a multiverse or a purposeful universe is zero, but if we factor in the transcendent experiences of men and women throughout history as tentative evidence, it begins to look more likely that the creation of the Universe in the Big Bang happened for a purpose, rather than by chance. I speculate on what that purpose might be, including the necessary central role of Darwinian evolution.