A supernova is so brilliant that it would kill you stone dead at a range of several light years. But from a typical part of the Universe -in intergalactic space - you would not even see it because its so far away. A typical part of the Universe is cold - 3k and empty, less than a thousandth of the highest vacuum that can be created here on Earth. How do we know about a place so far away and so different and alien than anything we are used to? Our environment - the Earth - is creating knowledge. Look with a telescope and we can see tiny bright objects called Quasars. They look like stars but they aren't - and we know what they are. Billions of years ago and billions of miles away, the material at the centre of a galaxy collapsed towards a super large black hole, then intense magnetic fields directed some of the energy of that gravitational collapse and forced some of the matter back out in the form of tremendous jets in illuminated lobes with the brilliance of a trillion suns. We know what these objects are. The physics of the human brain could hardly be more unlike the physics of such a jet - we could not survive for an instant in it, it would be like trying to survive a super nova explosion at point blank range for millions of years - language breaks down trying to describe it. And yet that jet happened in precisely such a way that billions of years later on the other side of the Universe some 'chemical entity' - us - could accuratley describe and model and predict and, above all, *explain*, what was happening there in reality. The one physical system - the brain - contains an accurate working model of the other the Quasar, not just the superficial image of it, but an explanatory model, embodying the same mathematical relationships and the same causal structure - now that is knowledge. And if that were not amazing enough, the faithfullness with which the one structure resembles the other is increasing with time. That is the growth of knowldege. So the laws of physics have this property that physical objects as unlike each other as they could possibly be, can nevertheless embody the same mathematical and causal structure and do it more and more so over time. So this chemical entity (us) is different, it has Universality, its structure contains with ever increasing precision, the structure of everything, this Earth contains the structural and causal essence of the whole of the rest of physical reality. So, how does the solar system aquire this special relationship with the rest of the Universe? It does it with matter (information processing needs matter), energy, and thirdly less tangible for the open ended creation of knowledge and explanations, is *evidence*. Now, our environment is saturated with evidence, for example, evidence of Newtons Law of Gravity is everywhere around us, falling on every square meter of the surafce. Our location is saturated with evidence for all the sciences. In inter galactic space the 3 prerequisites for the creation of open ended creation of knowledge (matter, energy and evidence) are at there lowest possible supply. Its empty, its cold and its dark. Or is it? Its a parochial misconception. Imagine a cube in inter galactic space the same size as the solar system. That cube still contains over a million tons of matter, which is enough to make a space station with a colony of scientists, who are devoted to creating an open stream of knowldedge, or a research institiute. However, we do not have the ability to collect all the atoms over that cube at present. But in a comprehensible Universe - if something is not forbidden by the laws of physics then its possible - what could prevent us from doing it other than knowing how? In other words its about knowledge not resources. - We would automatically have an energy supply from fusion of the matter. And evidence? Well, again, its dark out there but with a telescope we could display the same galaxies as we see here on Earth. Particle accelerators could be built and astro physics learnt, chemistry and so on. So inter galatic space contains all the prerequisites for the open ended creation of knowledge. Any such cube, anywhere in the Universe could become a hub like we are if the knowledge of how to do it were present there. Lastly Newton, in his Alchemy and light research said that the 'Universe is straining towards intelligence'.