“What is life?” Can this 1947 question from Erwin Shrödinger and from a 1979 MIT conference still be relevant today?
Of course it’s relevant. Nobody has answered the question. Schrödinger didn’t answer it. The 77 leading living scholars who were part of our 1979 MIT display project couldn’t answer it. Nobody has truly answered this most basic question. And to be fair, perhaps we need answers to other pivotal questions such as, “What is the finite-infinite relation?” and “How did our universe begin?” in order to find an answer about life.
Our universe as we know it had well over 13.7 billion years to emerge before it began to support human life. What happened in those 13.7 billion plus years is the subject of cosmology. Although cosmology and astrophysics have done a good job getting us back to about 300th million year, the earlier periods are primarily educated guesswork.
Within our model using an application of base-2 to define 202 notations to encapsulate our universe, the 300-millionth year mark is within our 197th notation. Our chart is highly detailed about the earlier periods of the universe, notations 1 to 196, exactly where cosmology is weakest.
Our model of the universe begins with a simple logic: “The Universe started with the Planck base units of Planck Length/Planck Time and Planck Mass/Planck Charge.” It seems that most people agree that Planck Length/Time are the smallest possible measurements of length and time. If the smallest, does it not follow that these are also the first units of space and time?
In order to answer this penultimate question about life, perhaps we need a new beginning.
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