History of Metaversalism

A Brief Summary

1. Basic Premises of Metaversalism

2. Great Mysteries Solved by Metaversalism

3. Answers to some Objections to Metaversalism

4. History of Metaversalism

Metaversalism was named and first publicized on the public website wis.dm in September of 2007 by “Dr. Thanos,” the online pseudonym of its founder.  It is based on the founder’s personal philosophy, which he developed gradually over the course of his lifetime.  Its defining doctrines are maintained online at the website Metaversalism.com.  A few more details:

Seeds of discovery.  When the founder was only a high school student, in the mid-1980s, he had already taught himself enough about physics and computer science to realize that everything in the universe could be considered to be essentially made of information, namely the information describing the detailed physical configuration of the universe's matter and energy.  He even wrote a poem to that effect, called "Ode to Information."

The key insight.  During his freshman year in college (1987-88), while half-listening to a Western Culture lecture, the founder was contemplating the age-old question of why the universe described by physics actually exists physically (i.e., in some sense beyond mathematical existence).  In a flash of insight, he suddenly realized that the answer is: It doesn't.  In other words, "mere" mathematical existence is, by itself, already sufficient to account for our conscious experience, and no other kind of existence is needed.  This was the fundamental insight on which Metaversalism is based.

Public echoes.  As his understanding of the implications of this insight deepened over the next two decades (1988-2008), the Founder saw a number of his ideas echoed in a number of published works from other sources.  These are listed on the Recommended Readings page.  Encouraged that the basic ideas behind his philosophy were "in the air", and that its time was ripe for further development, the Founder was encouraged to begin publicly discussing his own perspective on these ideas, first on the public website wis.dm and subsequently in these webpages.