On the Living Nature of the Universe

As the observations show, the distribution of matter is favorable for the organization of matter into cosmic clouds, for the birth of the Solar System and the life on Earth. The appearance of life and humans from a gravitationally contracting cosmic cloud seems to imply an increase of algorithmic complexity. We argue that such an increase of algorithmic complexity can be regarded as an important sign indicating the living nature of the universe.

We argue that our universe consists not only from elementary particles and forces, but also from the laws and first principles of nature governing interactions. A basic difference between forces and the laws of nature is that forces are local and instantaneous entities, while the laws of nature governing their evolution are universal. We propose that the laws and first principles of nature connect all material systems of the universe into a unified whole. Now if the biological principle selects endpoints that are input elements to the first principle of physics, then the universe becomes unified as a biological system.

We indicated that the first principle of biology acts through virtual interactions realizing biological couplings that determine the material processes. Now if virtual interactions are ultimately controlled by biological interactions, then the vacuum has to have a fundamentally biological nature. We suggest that in this sense the vacuum qualifies as a living organism. By our argument, the biological vacuum qualifies as the ultimate cosmic life form. This cosmic life form can be referred to as universal life.

We point out that the exact definition and theoretical derivation of these cosmic life forms from the Bauer principle makes it possible to work on finding their observational signatures.

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