What is the Unifying Theme of Infinite Multiverses, The Simulation Hypothesis, and God?
We should not stop striving in Science and Philosophy when progress slows and we hit seemingly intractable difficulties
Does the Universe branch into different copies whenever a particle of light zigs this way when it could’ve zagged the other way according to the laws of Quantum Mechanics (QM)? QM is the most precise and accurate theory we have that underlies the microchips that power modern society, so this is not idle speculation.
Are we all living in a computer simulation much like in The Matrix or the Holodeck in Star Trek? Our brains are indeed processing incoming sensory information and the thoughts we hold, so why wouldn’t this be true?
Is our reality Thoughts in God’s Mind? How would we even begin to answer and prove one way or the other?
Casting that ignorance in terms of what we believe we understand does not make the ignorance go away, and may hinder or stop progress altogether. We can do better, or at least we should continue to strive since that ignorance may be temporary and effective ignorance only.
I will consider why the unifying theme in the concepts of reality used in Infinite Multiverses, Computer Simulations, or Thoughts in God’s Mind are just variations of the same approach to our ignorance.
Progress of Science and Philosophy
Large advances in Science
How many of our ancestors from just a few hundred years ago could’ve even imagined that we could see and communicate instantly with anyone using a pocket-sized device that connects to something called the Internet via invisible electromagnetic waves that travel through cables underneath oceans or bounce off orbiting satellites around our spherical world simply floating in empty Space but embedded in a curved spacetime?
Now we just call it video chat on our smartphones, and it’s available for free or at least very cheaply to billions of people.
Humanity has made breathtaking strides in understanding our place in the Cosmos that could barely even be imagined even a…