Living Earth

The Living Universe: Why Do We Need to Know Whether or Not the Universe is Alive?

We shape our lives according to the way we view the world. Our perception and understanding of that world govern the decisions we make and the underlying motivations. People’s outlook on the world has for centuries been dominated by the general view of the Universe as it is given by the science of physics. Following this perspective, the Universe is, in essence, lifeless. According to that view, life–if it emerges–is wholly dependent on the basic laws of physics. However, the behavior of living organisms, as a rule, deviates from physical laws–independent of the environment. In other words, life can overrule physics.