The universe is a computer

The universe is a computer

Here is an interesting article. Ever since I became a programmer I’ve toyed with the idea that we are all in a massive multiplayer simulation we call the universe.

In genesis it says that God spoke the world in to existence. The only people that speak things in to existence are programmers. When you look at things like DNA it is hard not to conclude that it isn’t program code. How does one explain all the slightly different forms of animals on the evolutionary chain? Reused code! It seems more plausible than random chance to me.

  1. #1 by James on April 19, 2006 - 10:16 am

    That is actually the whole premise behind Neal Stephenson’s “In the beginning was…the command line,” which I notice he didn’t mention in the article. I have read the Asimov short story, years ago. Interesting thought, isn’t it. Problem is that it is impersonal and the bibical God is personal.


  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on April 19, 2006 - 11:52 am

    I’ve always thought of God as the programmer interacting in the world of his creation.

  3. #3 by Michael on April 19, 2006 - 1:47 pm

    One of the most out-there theories (which is take seriously by science) I have heard runs as follows:

    ‘In the far future, computers will have developed to the point where they could accurately model many universes containing simulated galaxies, worlds and living things. Therefore, it is more likely (by a huge factor) that we live in one of these many simulated universes rather than the one real universe’

    Great, we all exist as a simulation!

    On a more serious note – when God spoke and the universe is created, I was always of the impression that this referred to the Word Of God (John 1:1), indicating the presence of the Trinity within the 1st verses of the Bible:

    1 In the beginning God (the Father) created the heavens and the earth.

    2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    3 And God said…(Jesus, the Word of God)

    Anyway, that’s my tuppence worth!


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