Not to be confused with the node God as a programmer
. This writeup the closest thing to logical proof
for the existence of God
you'll read until the whole debate is mathematically proved one way or the other.
Okay. Alan Turing
showed that any computable problem can be solved on a Turing Machine
. Since he proved this, that means Turing Machine
s are inherently computable, and therefore a Turing Machine may simluate another Turing Machine
, provided the simulated machine is sufficiently less complex (note that the tape must be unbounded, but need not be infinite
, so tape requirements change and in fact if you run into a bounding problem, it becomes a Finite State Machine
and can't compute some problems -- I have to postulate
that a Finite State Machine
can considered be a Turing Machine for sufficiently simple computations).
We can currently physically build Turing Machines, meaning our universe
is also a Turing Machine, since in our universe, Turing Machines are in fact computable. Further evidence that our universe is a Turing machine is that a Turing Machine's tape can only be unbounded in one dimension: and our universe appears to have an edge except
in time: the future appears to be unbounded, while the universe has a distinctive temporal
begining and all 3 spatial dimensions appear to be bounded (though growing) -- in other words, only one edge of one dimension is unbounded, very similar to our own machines.
In a Turing Machine, truly random
data requires an infinite number of steps to compute and anything requiring an infinite
number of steps is incomputable. Therefore, any Turing machine, including our universe, requires an initial
state, which be manually entered
since random initialization is impossible. Note also that pseudo-random
data also requires an initial state and finite
number of computations. Either way, an initial state is ultimately required. Something must initialize that state, not to mention buid and program the machine.
Therefore, not only does God exists, He's a computer programmer.
Disclaimer: This is not
logical proof for the existence of God. It is the closest thing to logical proof for the existence of God that I can come up with. You can actually extend this "proof" to show that God doesn't ultimately run things, but by doing so, you also end up proving just as convincingly that He is omnipresent
and quite possibly omnipotent
as well, and simultaneously show that he never existed and nor do we. Talk about zen