This is a pathbreaking conversation with Dr. Johannes Kleiner, a mathematician and physicist at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy. He works at the cutting edge of an ever urgent question — is the universe conscious? He explains to Grin why the answer could well be, yes.
1. What do you mean when you say that ‘the universe might be conscious’ or the ‘universe might experience consciousness’?
In order to explain this, I need to take a bit of a swing. My research is concerned with what is called “models of consciousness”. A model of consciousness is a scientific theory that attempts to explain how conscious experience and the physical domain (brain states, etc.) are connected.