If the universe were not expanding, then intelligence would not be evolving, since the expansion or growth of any species of organism is limited to available space. This concept can be nicely illustrated by witnessing the growth of a bacterial colony and the type of sigmoid growth curve generated. An increase in population is slow at first, even though the amount of time required for cellular division remains unchanged (approximately 20 minutes per division). The founding cells are few in number and form the "lag" phase on the curve. As multiplication occurs, the population growth enters the "explosive" or log phase where there is a very rapid increase in total number of bacteria. Because space is limited, the colony growth reaches a "stabilization" phase. If there were no stabilization through loss of nutrient, the bacterial colony in time would fill the entire universe.29...Prior to the stabilization phase the curve is exponential and would continue to be, if not for the loss of nutrient.
As long as the universe continues to expand, this expansion removes any limitation to the upward evolution of intelligence. If on the other hand the universal motion is cyclic, undergoing phases of expansion and contraction, this would suggest that intelligence or consciousness would likewise undergo a contraction phase, perhaps similar to a state of hibernation.
Again, these three processes are seen to be interdependent, just as quantum theory has come to see the universe as an interconnected web of physical and mental relations whose parts are defined only through their connections to the whole. This interdependence is seen as strong evidence that intelligence has been present from the very beginning of time. Again, the inseparable interdependence of intelligence, matter-energy and space-time is illustrated and stressed.
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