I Conjecture: In an infinite multiverse we must exist.
Part Two: The impossibility of non-existance
“Needleman was rarely out of public controversy. He published his famous ‘Non-Existence: What To Do If It Suddenly Strikes You’.”–Woody Allen, ‘Remembering Needleman’ (short story)
If you think imagining infinity is difficult, try imagining nothing. No, I don’t mean blank your mind. I mean imagine nothingness. NO! I don’t mean a vacuum–empty space with no matter and energy. I mean absolutely nothing: no space and no time. I’m betting you can’t do it, even if you think you can; you’re not, even if you think you are. I merely conjectured that the concept of infinity could not exist in a finite universe, but I am firmly asserting that a conscious entity is incapable of imagining absolute nothingness. It’s an oxymoron. By the mere fact of imagining you have to imagine something. And while it might be pure philosophy to suggest it couldn’t be because we are incapable of imagining it, there is strong scientific argument for the “something out of nothing” impossibility of non-existence. From Hawking on down, physicists have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as absolute vacuum, that space is full of quantum foam, seething with instability and particles of energy and matter popping in and out of existence. If matter plus antimatter equals nothing, than by commutation, nothing equals anti-matter plus matter. (Yes, I know. The intelligent design crowd will reject this and tell us that it is all too perfect. God must have done it. Really? So God can exist out of nothing but the universe can’t? When they can tell me where god came from and offer some form of empirical evidence, I will consider their arguments; but they can’t, so I won’t.) Final proof: we do exist. Maybe all other arguments are moot. And anyway I have an out, as the prerequisite for this conjecture is “in an infinite multiverse.” Let’s rest our neurons for the next installment: The Conjecture of the Future.
(As an entertaining aside, here is a YouTube video of Neal Degrasse Tyson rambling on some cosmic questions. It includes his conclusion that intelligent life is inevitable.)