What I take away from your post is actually the second line of this post -- an explanation of "conscious thought". (That is a big enough challenge
to explain without taking on the major challenge of explaining the universe itself. )
I like your explanation of "conscious thought", but I want to make sure I understand the term "which path" -- it is a little confusing to me.
Are you saying that "conscious thought" is the same as information describing "which path" we end up on? I am taking your explanation to mean that
"conscious thought" is nothing more than "quantum collapse", described at the link below:
So it seems to me that you are saying "quantum collapse" is the same as conscious thought. This is interesting to me because my understanding (which
isn't great) says that conscious thought causes quantum collapse, and you seem to be saying they are basically the same thing, or that I have the
cause and effect backwards.
Anyway, let me get this part straight and then I can tackle the bigger question about the universe.