Presented below is a quick review of unexpected things our Universe has done that would have been difficult to predict, if we had been there with our present scientific expertise and equipment.
In an absolute void for the Big Bang to have occurred.
In the first second for expansion to have happened.
In the first thousands of years for the subatomic particles to expand into the empty space-time.
For subatomic particles to cool enough to form into hydrogen atoms.
For these atoms to have dispersed into vastly separated individual entities.
For these hydrogen atoms to have gravity enough to pull themselves together and form stars.
For the stars to generate so much gravity the atoms would collapse,
For the collapse to be so violent the whole thing would bounce back into space as more complex atoms.
For these to be pulled back together again by gravity and form even heavier atomic elements.
For some of these assemblages to form black holes, but for some of these to form neutron stars which would collide into one another and form even heavier elements.
For the various elements to form new stars with planets made of mixes of all of these elements.
For carbon atoms to form complex molecules that could form various long chains, and sheets, and volumes at various temperatures and times.
That some of these could link together and make other specific replicating chains.
That these chains could collect energy and use it to form self-reproductive things like themselves.
That these things that survived could evolve in different environments into vast varieties of unique living cells.
That these cells could combine into multicellular cooperative groups.
That these groups could develop communication ability to cooperate to find food and other necessities.
That these large groups could develop sensors to identify food at a distance and to cope with predators too.
That some of the living forms would develop nondeadly combats to reveal which ones best fit the local environment and should reproduce.
That those beings with sensors would develop intelligence for coping.
That the beings would develop communications to indicate which of the potential mates would have best behaviors.
That some of the verbally communicating creatures would among their communications tell which of their species were the most fit.
That these creatures would develop techniques to communicate best behaviors through distant times and spaces with permanent materials.
That these creatures would develop techniques for communication over long distances at the speed of light.
That these creatures would develop near instantaneous memory systems that could answer anything knowable to any one of their billions of individuals.
That their systems could accurately predict the probable behavior of their own individuals.
The point of this list is to illustrate that each of these levels of development was dependent on all of the preceding ones to function. Each one was dependent upon the previous one. So, here we are and my simple question is …
“What’s next? What’s available to emerge from where we are at?