I don’t understand why the laws would be the same in each universe. I suppose it would then mean that the unpredictable nature of consciousness is the only thing that sets the difference between each universe – but it is this unpredictability that makes me think universes with different laws and different manifestations of consciousness are possible. But again it comes to the same conclusion: consciousness was necessary for the universe to begin.
I believe that individuality resides only in the physical brain. If I were very devoted to my work, for example, I could allow a colleague to take pieces of my brain away, bit by bit. As each piece gets removed, the extent of my awareness decreases until eventually – I am no longer self aware. This is also what makes me think that consciousness may be an inherent property of all information, because the level of consciousness that can be observed changes depending on the physical substrate. Though I need to think more about whether consciousness needs to be self aware to exist. Also just the fact that consciousness exists outside of space and time to me must mean that ‘pieces’ of consciousness can have no individuality – there can only be one. I am unsure of what existence means outside of space and time, and this seems to be where my understanding is stuck. The more I think about it however, ‘being’ doesn’t require space or time. I suppose I might have to leave it at incomprehensible.
Perhaps having the event horizon of our universe observed from the outside, that creates the link? This is a very interesting point, and I agree. Building off of the idea that consciousness outside of space and time, there can only be one observation to create the universe – and according to us this observation would be eternal. I think it more likely then that the ability to experience came with the creation of the universe, an extension of the information principle. So all physical entities have the capability of experiencing, but there are only a few that can collect, quantify, direct and make use of these experiences (life). In this sense, the entire universe is created in God’s image, and we are the part of God that knows that it is.
I have a question about observation of the event horizon outside of space and time (I’m going to use your definition of God here for simplicity). Without time, when God observed the universe, He simultaneously observed the entire existence of the universe. To me this must mean that his effect on the universe must be the same throughout time – which is why I shy away from the idea that consciousness is implanted into babies in some way. How this relates to our own ability to create however, I’m having a hard time grasping. What do you think?