Friday, February 13, 2009

Open Your Mind

Could we be living inside of God? I wish I were this smart, but this only the research of other brilliant minds.

Isn't it amazing that scientists have finally had to admit that the design of the universe is so perfectly crafted so as to indicate intelligent design and yet they still try to avoid any explanation which includes the word God.

The multiverse theory has spawned another - that our universe is a simulation, writes Paul Davies.

If you've ever thought life was actually a dream, take comfort. Some pretty distinguished scientists may agree with you. Philosophers have long questioned whether there is in fact a real world out there, or whether "reality" is just a figment of our imagination. Please check this out, Unlocking You 2, Above Self Actualization.

Then along came the quantum physicists, who unveiled an Alice-in-Wonderland realm of atomic uncertainty, where particles can be waves and solid objects dissolve away into ghostly patterns of quantum energy.

Now cosmologists have got in on the act, suggesting that what we perceive as the universe might in fact be nothing more than a gigantic simulation.

The story behind this bizarre suggestion began with a vexatious question: why is the universe so bio-friendly? Cosmologists have long been perplexed by the fact that the laws of nature seem to be cunningly concocted to enable life to emerge. Take the element carbon, the vital stuff that is the basis of all life. It wasn't made in the big bang that gave birth to the universe. Instead, carbon has been cooked in the innards of giant stars, which then exploded and spewed soot around the universe.

The process that generates carbon is a delicate nuclear reaction. It turns out that the whole chain of events is a damned close run thing, to paraphrase Lord Wellington. If the force that holds atomic nuclei together were just a tiny bit stronger or a tiny bit weaker, the reaction wouldn't work properly and life may never have happened.

The late British astronomer Fred Hoyle was so struck by the coincidence that the nuclear force possessed just the right strength to make beings like Fred Hoyle, he proclaimed the universe to be "a put-up job". Since this sounds a bit too much like divine providence, cosmologists have been scrambling to find a scientific answer to the conundrum of cosmic bio-friendliness.

The General Uncertainty Principle

This idea that if we would never be able to tell if we were living in a simulated universe would appear to have profound implications for science. We would never be able to tell if our observations were real, or merely simulated. This result can be summed-up simply in one statement which I'm calling the General Uncertainty Principle: We can never know anything for certain.

David Deutsch appeared well-aware of this drastic implication when he said: "From the point of view of science it's a catastrophic idea, the purpose of science is to understand reality. If we're living in a virtual reality we are forever barred from understanding nature." (quote taken from here).

Many scientists believe the simulated universe theory should be rejected because it fails Occam's Razor which suggests that the simpler of two theories should be preferred (if the two theories give the same predictions). On this basis, the simulated universe theory should be rejected because it gives precisely the same predictions of what we would experience if the universe was not being simulated (hence, there is no need to introduce the extra complication of the simulated universe theory).

But this type of objection matters not one jot. The unavoidable truth still remains: if we were living in a simulated universe, we would never be able to detect it.

This General Uncertainty Principle ("We can never know anything for certain") reflects an all-encompassing uncertainty about every aspect of our world. This all-inclusive nature of the principle means it has must enclose the existing uncertainty principles such as Gödel's Theorem (described on the Mathematical Universe page), and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle from quantum mechanics (described on the Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction page). The General Uncertainty Principle represents a much wider uncertainty about absolutely everything in existence!

(The General Uncertainty Principle is a consequence of external world skepticism).

You will find more here, Are We Living in the Matrix?

All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


lgakely said...

Je ne suis pas un éminent chercheur, ni un général d'armée... Mais je sais dans mon coeur que je PEUX RECHERCHER DIEU et VIVRE SA GRACE, SON AMOUR !

Merci pour votre post !

Walt said...

Bless you my friend.
I think the thought of this being true is scary to some people.

Robin Easton said...

WOW! This is truly so loaded I literally am, for once, speechless!! LOLOL!! :):)

I guess I would agree with my friend Igakely in that I can only keep loving, not only for the sake of world peace, etc. but for my own sake as it gives me the deepest peace and joy. And if it is all an illusion/dream (Whatever that means for each of us) then I am going to drink in, like clear cold mountain water, it's most beautiful aspects. I do not fear it, as I have come face to face with great fear in my life, and see my existence and "existence itself" as a grand adventure, whatever it is.

Thanks for a great post my friend.
Robin :)