Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Incredibly High Probability of the Almighty

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"6sided dice" by Diacritica - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Logic strongly implies that our universe is, in fact, the result of actions by an incredibly powerful creator or set of creators.

There are two basic explanations for the existence of our universe. The first is that our universe randomly came into being without any directing hand. The second is that our universe was created by something incredibly powerful.

Let’s begin by assuming that option one is true. The universe came about randomly and just happened to have all the properties that allowed for the spontaneous development of intelligent life. After all, we exist.  It is also safe to assume that the intelligent life would likely use its technology to created new realities. As a species, we have only been using computers for less than a century, and we have already started doing something along these lines. Think of games like the Sims, World of Warcraft, or Civilization.

While I can’t even begin to comprehend what an intelligent species could do with an extra 100,000 years of technological development, I highly suspect they would use this technology to create numerous extremely elaborate simulations for purposes of science, sociology, or even just entertainment. Just one intelligent species could potentially make millions of elaborate universe simulations over the course of their existence.

So the question is, what is the probability that we would be so lucky as to be living in a randomly created universe instead of one of the extremely numerous of the actively-created simulations that such a universe would likely spur? One in million? One in a billion?

The creator/s of our universe might potentially bear more of a resemblance to a team of highly advanced scientists working in a research lab than to any of the most popular deities, but that doesn’t change the basic logic.

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