Do you think that intelligent life is the universe's method of reproduction?
I think that life is a method by which the universe produces systems that resemble parts of itself from different perspectives. A ‘mind’ is a simulation or dynamic replica of a volume of the universe that is generated by a system of interacting particles. The mind of each organism resembles its local universe to promote survival by enabling behavioral interactions with its environment. In this way each mind is a fractal shape of the universe experiencing itself. What we call ‘intelligence’ or more accurately ‘consciousness’ may be the degree of fractal recursion within a universe-replicating system.
“At the origin of the phenomenon of scientific knowledge, we find wonder and the contemplation of reality, as we find it created in front of us and not in accordance with the affirmation of our sensibilities or a preconceived image. Therefore, to say that in the mind of the scientist there is something like a childlike spirit is not a rhetorical phrase but indicates a distinctive feature of the attitude required to understand reality: to know how to look, to allow oneself to be amazed by what is there.”—How the art of wonder fuels science (via explore-blog)
“You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.”—The Tibetan Book of The Dead (via ninehourstwentythreeminutes)