God is a Scientist

That’s the intriguing possibility raised by the idea of “cosmogenesis” – it’s entirely possible that within a few decades, humans will develop the technological capability to create their own universes. It hinges on the existence of a theoretical particle called a monopole – if discovered, pumping enough energy into a monopole should create a tiny black hole. It would be harmless to us, but if you were to go through its tiny mouth you’d find a rapidly inflating universe on its other side – one much like our own, as described by the “big bang” and inflationary theories of creation. If we have the capability of creating our own universes, could we be living inside one created by someone else?

The rabbit-hole of this idea is very similar to the argument that we live inside a simulation – if advanced intelligent civilizations can produce their own universes, and many of them, it’s much more likely that we live inside such a universe than a naturally occurring one. Perhaps our “God” that created our universe is looking toward a tiny particle in his or her alien lab, unable to directly influence what happens within it once it’s been created.

It’s an intriguing possibility that raises all sorts of ethical discussions. If we can create our own universes, should we? Some would argue that intelligent life has inherent value, and if we have the ability to create more of it by creating new universes that may give rise to intelligence, we have an moral obligation to do so.

It’s also a deeply offensive idea to many of the religious faithful, and this has resulted in papers describing it being censored for fear of backlash. But there is a technicality: the Judeo-Christian Bible explicitly describes a universe created from nothing, while cosmogenesis describes a universe created through technical means from something. So it’s at least possible from a philosophical standpoint for both worldviews to co-exist.

But, like the simulation hypothesis, proving or disproving whether we live inside an artificially created universe may be impossible, and ultimately is a question science – or anything else –
cannot answer. If you’d like to read more, check out “The Idea of Creating a Universe in the Lab is No Joke” which goes into much more depth on the idea, and how it’s been suppressed. It’s picking up steam after being republished by Discover Magazine.

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