“Listening to the Logos rather than to me, it is wise to agree that all things are in reality one thing and one thing only”
–Heraclitus (Greek philosopher 500BC)
God The Mathematician
Let us suppose that our universe is not the result of a series of random events beginning with a big-bang, but instead that it was in some sense pre-planned, that there is an intelligence behind our universe, whether we label this God, Intelligent Design, the Great Architect..., such that our universe did not appear as a result of random chance but is because it was in some sense planned to be, that the modern universe was somehow encoded into the beginning of the universe itself.
Science has a set of laws that describe a universe that formed 14 billion years ago from a big bang; these are called the laws of physics. Proponents of common ‘God’ theories presume that the universe was created in some instantaneous sense, i.e.: that there was an act of creation. In this text I present a model of a universe that resembles a computer simulation, Matrix style, thereby presupposing an intelligent motive (The Programmer). The premise being that while the laws of physics are analogous to the universe OS operating system, with organic life as programs or apps running on top of this OS, both were programmed by the same programming language which can be loosely labeled the laws of nature, in this context they are a set of mathematical rules that have dictated the universe evolution.
In essence the text examines the question; if the universe was somehow 'constructed' and not merely 'created' according to a 14 billion year plan, then how would a 'God' do it?
HE could of course design the universe in all its minute detail, much as our engineers design our planes, cars and computers... before sending the final blueprints to a celestial factory for production. For this, the laws of physics would suffice as the OS of the universe.
There would however seem to be another option, one that uses the laws of nature as the construction method. In this method the universe is growing, as all living things grow, using the same set of natural laws whereby growth begins with a simple information set (which for us is the genetic code embedded in our DNA, for the universe this would be the 'DNA' embedded into the big bang) and then over time begins to specialise according to a cosmological natural selection process that eventually forms habitable planets where the next stage in the evolution of the universe can begin.
I then conjecture that this organic growth mechanism is essentially mathematical, that there is a form of mathematics that we could describe as 'organic' as opposed to the 'engineering' mathematics used by us. It is this mathematics that determines the flight pattern of a mosquito, the organisation of an ant colony, the growth of a fetus ...
The ‘Programmer’ began by selecting a set of mathematical rules (the laws of nature), such that they would give rise to electrons and atoms, and then in turn to stars and planets and ultimately to organic life. In others words, planet earth may have been built into the universe source code itself. These rules are complementary, they were chosen to overlap and give rise to a swarm intelligence. Our brains, being a complex of neurons, may be an example whereby we are the sum of our neurons, each neuron working according to this rule set. We are not creating thoughts, we are growing them.
This book Plato's Cave, the title taken from Plato's Allegory of the Cave (from The Republic) for reasons that will become apparent, describes a model of a virtual universe programmed according to simple geometrical rules. This model presumes 2 parallel universe; the physical universe which we observe and science can measure and a dimensionless (without mass, space or time) mathematical realm (the software domain) that projects our physical universe as an image, such as popularised in the sci-fi film The Matrix. This process that I describe is derived from the formula for a rotating black-hole electron. It is the structure of this black-hole electron that suggests how the universe could have been programmed and it also implies 'A Programmer'.
As the Ancient Universe, being the Universe of the ancient philosophers; Plato, Pythagoras et al, the eastern mystics from Buddha to the Tao and of course Genesis of the bible, describes a deity based universe, our journey to decode the Intelligent Universe begins there. The journey ends with a black hole, the virtual universe aka the Void of the biblical Genesis.
This website, platoscode.com, is mainly an introduction to the text which I have tried to make both readable and interesting (I am told with little success) for the non-technical reader. For those with a technical background the physics has been moved to another site (see physics) in order that any debate around the mathematics of this model be separated from the 'philosophy' which is simply my interpretation of the mathematics, the reader is free to draw their own conclusions.
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