University of Rochester astrophysics professor Adam Frank thinks that a civilization could eventually tinker with the fundamental laws of physics.

It is a mind-bending proposition that ventures far beyond the conventional framework of scientific understanding, a reminder that perhaps we should dare to think outside the box as we continue our search for extraterrestrial civilizations.

If a civilization were to be able to change the laws of physics, the very nature of energy itself would be subject to revision within the scope of engineering.

Playing Games

As far as our current understanding of the universe is concerned, dark matter is the majority of it.

Frank suggests advanced alien civilizations could mix and match physical laws as they please.

The astrophysicist is the first to acknowledge that, and he says that it's mostly just fun to think about these things.

Frank concludes that it is more likely that they put severe limits on life and what it can do than it is that they control these laws.

Frank concedes that there simply is no way around the limits imposed by the speed of light.

It is nice to dream.

An advanced civilization could change the laws of physics. Big Think.

Scientists say the laws of physics may change.