|This is probably only tangentially related theory, but this is interesting:|
The Universe trapped in its own web
Astronomers from the University of Nottingham, UK, and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain), have found the first observational evidence that galaxies are not randomly oriented.
Instead, they are aligned following a characteristic pattern dictated by the large-scale structure of the invisible dark matter that surrounds them.
This discovery confirms one of the fundamental aspects of galaxy formation theory and implies a direct link between the global properties of the Universe and the individual properties of galaxies.
Galaxy formation theories predicted such an effect, but its empirical verification has remained elusive until now. The results of this work were published the 1 April issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Nowadays, matter is not distributed uniformly throughout space but is instead arranged in an intricate “cosmic web” of filaments and walls surrounding bubble-like voids. Regions with high galaxy concentrations are known as galaxy clusters whereas low density regions are termed voids.
In this sense there is an "apparent" similarity between the structure of the universe and a "web" or perhaps a "neural net." Of course, it wouldn't be "neural" unless there was some sort of interchange between the star systems that would approximate the function of neurotransmitters (of course you could argue that "gravity" may qualify but I don't see exactly how). However, if there is a wormhole transit system interconnecting these stars then you could imagine that the universe is functioning like an interglactic city... OR like a material-energetic Internet (in a Warpsmithish sorta way).
You could also throw in a sort of religio-transhumanist concept along the lines of the Anthropic Principle as expanded upon by Tipler. The basic idea is that if intelligent life exists anywhere in the universe then eventually the entire universe will become intelligent... Okay that's a supersimplification, but the idea is that for intelligent life to exist, the universe must be predisposed to the development of it. All intelligent life will possess many of the same characteristics and eventually it will fill the entire universe and control all matter and space.
Sounds like a BIG FREAKIN' LEAP, doesn't it? BUT basically, if it is true, then we probably aren't the only intelligent life in the universe AND we probably aren't the most advanced life BY A LONG SHOT. Ergo - we should be seeing evidence of other lifeforms manipulating the structure of the universe on the astronomical scale that we theorize is possible - Dyson spheres, Ringworlds and WORMHOLE TRANSIT SYSTEMS, for example.
So, to conclude, if this hasn't already been confusing blather to this point, if there is a sort of ascension, it could be that the entire development of the human race, including the recent creation of a material information network (the Internet) could be part of a conditioning system preparing us for the introduction to a cosmic technology that has already been put into place by an elder race seeking to expand the reach of intelligent life in the universe.