Next up I’d have us start looking at how utilizing something akin to a simulation (as we know+understand such a thing to be) offers rather blatant advantages over any, and all, alternative means conceivable. Imagine: Creating a universe that’s the size of, well… an entire universe! It begs the question: Why would any being -whether they be divine or otherwise- ignore the incredible benefits offered by any such simulated methodology, even if they were to possess quite real magic… positively just emanating from their fingertips!?
Among still others, those benefits include an almost inconceivable minimization in the size, time and resources involved with developing any Created universe; a simulation-like Creation also offers absolute and total dominion over it – both in creating an entire universe in the first place, just as much as overseeing and shepherding that reality once it’s been so made.
That said, let’s now go ahead and explore a few of those aspects in more depth.
A simulated existence allows for producing an entire reality on something far, far smaller than whatever actual space may be getting simulated as such. While a non-simulated universe is a bloated construct if ever there was one (something that’s only however massive as all of known space itself may be) any simulation’s size is something that’s only as big or as small as whatever “thing” -the “hardware“, as it were- that’s doing the simulating. A universe inside of a chip (or something analogous to one, at least), or a universe… that’s just as expansive as any universe surely is.
Something of a side note, but a simulated reality also enjoys another added bonus in the form of its outright mobility; where, as part of that aforementioned “thing/hardware” it may even be “moved” or “transported” at will – compared to the inescapable fact that a more magically created universe likely has to exist in a static state: Exactly where it was created, precisely where it just now exists.
Time, being another “biggy” – with a universe, much as we well know today, requiring some tens of billions of years in order to truly develop sentient life. Ours? It sits at some 13.7 billion of them -right now!- which makes the idea of any being sitting and watching in “real time,” as it were, a genuinely preposterous sort of notion. This thought perhaps also partly explains why so very many Creationists favor a few thousand year long timeline, instead. The thought of an intelligent being existing alongside 13.7 billion years is rather unimaginable just on its face, but then factor in how some 13.69 billion of them were only a waiting game; little more than paint, eternally drying…? Well and truly, an utterly inconceivable reality to behold!
Ahh, but simulations instead allow for a far more fluid perception of time to be bestowed to the Simulator/Creator – a billion years can pass in little more than a fleeting instant (given a sufficient enough level of technology as to “process” things that quickly, but of course). What’s more, whenever an “interesting part” arrives…? One can easily slow things down at will, allowing them to watch “whenever” at whatever speed they so like! Therefore, those 13.7 billion years can have genuinely happened, while they might pass before the Creator blinks an eye if it suits their fancy.
Or, in still other words? A Simulated reality as Reality quite uniquely offers a variability to time in the eyes of that Simulator/Creator – something that seems all but impossible to have for a “real reality” without utterly annihilating all rationality, either for the Creator or the Created (meaning one of the two would be forced to have such a changing rate of time, playing out as a reality, on their end – destroying any hope of logic on whichever end finds their time constantly speeding up and then slowing back down.)
So then, here the Simulated perspective offers an advantage unobtainable in any other way – omniscient omnipresence, and literally changing the passage of time itself as it relates to their “eyes”.
Then, there’s those pesky resources any universe needs to be anything more than a void of empty space: Matter (something that “…can’t be created or destroyed…” etc.). Not only would one require sufficient volume as to put all that three dimensional space in, they’d also somehow have to produce… well, the all of everything known to man – every last atom found in every single person, planet, star and galaxy, alike!
But a Simulation presents us with yet another unique solution for that one: The only limits one might have for matter inside their Creation is something analogous to processing power; or else time to run those processes. We ourselves can already create entire simulated universes on supercomputers that are currently the size of a small room: Endless orders of magnitude of atoms or molecules that get “made” from things relatively quite small in comparison (made from or composed out of only a fraction’s fraction of the amount of matter they subsequently then “create” – aka. simulating it). In this regard, think of simulations like making a whole galaxy worth out of only some tiny thimble (filled with metal and silicon) by factoring in the additional aspect of time (as in from the calculations processed per second.)
Lastly, there’s the troublesome topic of literal omnipotence. The thing of it here? As I explained, our universe does not appear to be magical in either nature or function (also see the prior example regarding our reality rather obsessively adhering to ordered sets of rules). This magical absence is only more problematic still when one considers the “made in His image” part – which would certainly appear most inconceivable if a fundamental characteristic of that Being is Its magical nature. How can we be made in an image, yet a defining part of that image is nowhere to be found anywhere in their Creation? (Or furthermore, one of the ‘defining’ hallmarks in/of that Creation is its absolute adherence to clearly definable natural rules, laws, and otherwise – the total opposite of magic?)
Ahh, but with simulations, much as we understand them to be…? Well, the phrase “God Mode” certainly springs to mind: Wherein total and complete control over that simulated Creation may be offered -at all times- while also not “breaking” or otherwise inhibiting the goings on inside of it.
To my mind, at least, the simulated perspective seems to at once resolve the absence of literal magic in our universe – while just the same giving divinity those exact same tools (omniscient and omnipresent omnipotence) over that universe… only through decidedly non-magical means! As I said, this utterly removes the problem of being “made in an image” that somehow excludes one of the most important parts of that same image: Possessing real, genuine magic.
All the same, it finds a being or entity who is not magically based (just as we ourselves aren’t): In and over our own universe, divinity would possess such tools and complete mastery over all things that it might as well be called magic. In “their reality,” they’d likewise be so inconceivably far advanced as to have few real, actual limits of their own – although all of those infinite abilities are derived from purely rational, non-magical means. So we see that, by only viewing our own creation and existence in such a way, it needn’t alter or diminish our understanding of divinity… not at all! All that it truly does here -the only thing at all- is attempting to explore and explain such matters from a more rational perspective: Trying to remove magic unknowing from the equation, while also ensuring that we’re not necessarily just left with a big question mark as a result.
At the same time, we also hope to explore some parts of the bigger picture given this particular perspective… things that, in all honesty, we’ve never truly had rhyme nor reason for up until now. From the traditionalist standpoint, the big “Why?” behind God Creating thusly is never actually explained. In other words, the simple reason behind our existence -our literal purpose, existentially- has always remained something of a genuine mystery.
I believe that, by looking through this admittedly bizarre simulated sort of lens, we might tackle it in such a way as to yield a definitive -and perfectly sound- answer there. In order to do so, however, it first requires we must indeed accept this bizarre simulated idea, which is what this particular series is concerned with conveying before moving on to those additional aspects. After all of that has largely been said and done, we’ll likely return anew to exploring some of these topics in still more detail – for example, looking at various specific issues serving as further evidence in favor of a simulated existence… both scientific, as well as those of a purely religious nature (respectively, in the form of holograms and the Christian “Trinity” as topics).