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Universe, simulation, imagination

October 26, 2014

The notion that our universe might be the result of a simulation in a substrate universe with different physical laws — or at least, physical priority — has attracted the attention of both philosophers and physicists. If the substrate universe has finite computational power, the expense of maintaining the simulation sometimes would leak through as anomalous physics in our universe, allowing us to detect that we’re living in the matrix.

Over on Patheos, the Godless in Dixie author explains why their god is so apparent to many believers:

It’s because when you yourself are doing the work of creating a person in your own mind, nobody else but you can change your mind. Nobody. And it doesn’t do any good for someone else to argue that the person you’re experiencing doesn’t exist because to you, he does exist. He exists because you make him exist.

But many believers can’t do that heavy lifting. What if you want to believe, but your god is no more apparent to you than he is to the average non-believer? Then, as Bob Seidensticker points out, you might fall back on all sorts of convoluted argument:

Apologists imagine God belief as this kind of obtuse puzzle, not because the evidence points that way but because they’re forced to. They have no choice, since the simpler and more desirable option — that God’s existence is as obvious as the existence of the next person you walk past in the street — is clearly not available to them.

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