This is part eleven of the Information Universe series. See the link for part one.
While what I refer to as the Information Universe is a specific model that I am working on. The basic idea that the Universe is fundamentally an information system is not unique my specific model, but has been proposed by other physicists.
In his book Decoding Reality physicist Vlatko Vedral's makes the case for the Universe being information at it most fundamental level. Physicist and author Thomas Campbell like wise makes the case the Universe being information at it most fundamental level.
The basic idea has shown up on the science channel and it has been discussed in new scientist magazine. So the basic concept has a degree of acceptance among physicists and scientific publications. This is enough to show that the idea does not qualify as being on some extreme fringe.
However the scientific establishment does not support the conclusion universe is fundamentally information at least in part because of a dedication a materialistic view of the world. If one starts with the assumption of a materialistic reality one can not conclude that the Universe is fundamentally made of information since information is immaterial. Making this break from the idea of a materialistic reality is hard to do even when you have no philosophical baggage getting in the way since what we call reality seems so material to us. However information is the most logical way of interpreting the double slit experiment.
It is however possible that time will change some these perceptions as there are many concepts taken for granted to day that were at first rejected. However at present there is no indication of movement in the physics establishment towards the conclusion universe is fundamentally information despite the fact that some physicists are promoting the basic concept. One thing that could help is developing a more complete model; however it is no likely because of the philosophical baggage that infects the scientific establishment
The scientific establishment is made up of the prominent scientific institutions and those that run them. These institutions control many aspects of main stream science including publishing, employment, research grants, research facilities and education. At present those holding these positions are dedicated to a naturalistic materialistic view of reality. This is at least in part because most of them are atheists and atheism fits best with some form of naturalistic materialistic reality. Sadly this means that basic idea that the Universe is fundamentally an information system is not likely to make much head way with in establishment physics. However some physicists do see it as the best possible interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
------ Charles Creager Jr.
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