Well, cosmologists do keep trying, so there’s still hope for the field. But still, some of these ideas…
One physicist now suggests that this “fifth state” of matter (the other four non-dark states are solid, liquid, gas, and plasma) might be information. But then information must be a physical thing…
In principle, [Melvin] Vopson’s idea that information is fundamental to the organization of the universe is not new or different. Physicist John Archibald Wheeler (1911–2008) thought that “Everything is information.” What’s different is the idea that information is literally physical, that it could even be the long-sought “dark matter”:
But how viable is the basic idea? Information theorist Bill Dembski (right) told Mind Matters News that Professor Vopson may be confusing two different concepts of information …“Could Information Be — at Long Last — the Missing Dark Matter?” at Mind Matters News
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