Against my better judgement, I am going to write about God. As it turns out, I’m not only qualified to wildly speculate about theoretical physics, I’m also qualified to wildly speculate about God, with small g or with big G, singular or plural. Citations? I don’t have time for that, but trust me that this is going to be wild. Don’t forget to send between $1 and 1,618 Nobel Prizes in wiseassery to Paypal Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the beginning, there was the human nervous system. This structure is specifically tasked to take sensorial inputs and produce an output, an action, maybe it’s a movement, or a sound or an elaborate courtship strategy.
The funny thing about sensorial input is that it can’t be faked. Even if you’re schizophrenic, you will take a real sensorial input and then interpret it. If you live in a simulated world, some kind of video game perhaps, then it is pointless to ask if the sensorial input is real or not, you will not transcend it unless that is programmed into the simulation.
the photons that bake your retina and produce images at the back of your head are real. The walls of a building are real too, they’re made of a similar material as your body and you can interact with it. There are even things that you can’t interact with that are still real. The love you feel for someone is a real phenomenon, the thoughts in your head and your consciousness is a real phenomenon produced by your body. So for all intents and purposes, all sensorial input is real.
From here, then, how could I not come to the conclusion that some ideas of God could actually be referring to a real structure. Moreover, the sensorial input that caused the idea of God could be so distorted that humans have no simple means of describing it. So that’s that, God is real. Have a nice day.
“But dude, if it’s real, what is it?” Lets do what everyone should have done already, look at religion’s history and see the binding patterns.
Religion started with Animism, as far as we can tell. Animism is based on the idea that animated events have some kind of supernatural spirit. Events could range from the trail the ants make, to the morning mist, to an erupting volcano or fellow stranger humans who wants to murder us and take the village’s women. Animism was concerned with things like these, they weren’t elaborate but they’re at the edge of the extent of the civilization’s knowledge, and this is what’s important, it’s cognition.
After Animism, religions started to assemble in more elaborate forms until it was necessary to start book keeping, so it was after writing was invented that religion flourished. You could now write your gods and teach people to read them. All of the religions ever created, without exception, were concerned with the order of the natural world first and then they were concerned with what people should do in their lives. The latter always followed the extent of the cognition humans had at the time of the natural world. That’s why a burning bush could be God 4000 years ago but not now, because we know that a bush must be burning due to natural causes. So to speak, my cognition of the natural world is larger and more accurate than that of any prophet 4000 years ago (maybe not in all domains, he probably still cooked better than me, but in this burning bush affair, I’m fairly certain that it could not be the work of a supernatural but a natural spirit).
And so it is, without fault, that when someone finds the unknown, they may attribute it to a supernatural cause, it’s a way of bringing the event into order. This moving morning mist right here, crazy stuff, never seen it before, therefore it must be a spirit. This is the most natural thought process to have because people still do it all the time, whether it be Planet X or the constructors of the pyramids.
But what happens when you encounter not just the unknown, but the unknowable? That’s when the problems start, because the unknowable will theoretically never be revealed and is therefore permanently relegated to a supernatural plane of existence, no matter what. That’s why certain Gods survived to this day. Science is a form of a modern religion, just like other religions were at the forefront of the known universe, thousands of years ago, Science has allowed our cognition to be catapulted to heights never seen before, and it is our best bet at creating a modern God, that is, at creating sufficient cognition of our sphere of influence so that we can operate in it. So the ultimate God has always been everything, the entire universe. The known, the unknown and the unknowable.
No wonder we’ve been fighting over it since forever and failed to understand the true nature of what we’re trying to convey by this word.