Monday, May 02, 2005

Evenly Distributed Godhood

Robert Anton Wilson had a lot to do with helping me formulate and articulate my problems with organized religion when I was in my early 20s. I was heavily into both his fiction and nonfiction then, though it's been years since I've read anything by him. Nonetheless, the following RAW quote came to my attention today, and I was struck with how eloquently and simply he has encapsulated some of my own ideas about how the Internet provides us with new analogies
for understanding a potentially interactive Universe:
I don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions. I strongly suspect that a world "external to," or at least independent of, my senses exists in some sense. I also suspect that this world shows signs of intelligent design, and I suspect that such intelligence acts via feedback from all parts to all parts and without centralized sovereignity, like Internet; and that it does not function hierarchically, in the style an Oriental despotism, an American corporation or Christian theology. I somewhat suspect that Theism and Atheism both fail to account for such decentralized intelligence, rich in circular-causal feedback.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is an intriguing theory, which I first read about in NEW SCIENTIST, that posits the "emergent reality".

Put simply, the theory starts with the basis that there spacetime and matter/energy does NOT have any underlying structure. At the bottom level is, literally, nothing.

This, however, does NOT mean the reality we observe isn't real. It IS reality, and has grown/evolved organically out of a primordial chaos... similar to how organic life emerged, or how consciousness emerges from the structure of the brain rather than its smallest parts.

In short, a "living" universe. While some might find this hypothesis scary, I think it's very positive: you CAN get something out of nothing.

Interesting point: in this "emergent structure" model, a "godhood" may also emerge out of chaos! In other words, a God which is created.

Are we having fun yet? :)