ASROCM: Advanced Self-Replicating Optical Computing Manifold
The universe is an Advanced Self-Replicating Optical Computing Manifold (ASROCM). There is a core CPU in the nuclear ice, a screen (space) with independent processing. Material objects in space are like sprites, generating interrupt flags for the core CPU to handle with canned error handling programs. The core CPU relies heavily on set theory, breaking sets of objects down and grouping them into appropriate nested spreadsheet functions based in part on their spatial locations. This nesting of spreadsheet functions carries from the microphysical to the macroscopic realm. Each quantum has a spreadsheet, each quark, each nucleus, each atom, every grain of sand, microbe, plant, animal, automobile, house, office building, town, city, island, continent, planet, star, solar system, galaxy, right on up to the universal spreadsheet function that contains all of the others beneath it.
We have the illusion of living in a classical universe, where cause and effect dominate, where the speed of light is the limiting factor on where we may go. But in reality, the universe is a computer program running us as sprites, tossing matter about in the screenspace and servicing the interrupts where the sprites collide. That is when the spreadsheets involved are updated, when sprites collide and the interrupt handler from the core CPU resolves the situation, updates the spreadsheet functions and orders the sets of objects involved in the collision. That is where the quantum wave function collapses.
In the case of macroscopic objects, like people, an update may involve the selection of a new QM history for the object. The core CPU plays the same game over and over again, building up a library of QM histories for every object in the universe. When an update occurs, an appropriate history for the involved objects may be selected. Generally, only the objects involved in the collision and the spreadsheet containing each of those objects need be updated, this saves the universe immeasureable computing power in its houskeeping functions by not having to update the entire universe "every time a mouse looks at it," to paraphrase Einstein.
Let us consider the flight of a photon consisting of a string of phase-entangled quanta. This photon has a master spreadsheet function that contains the individual spreadsheet functions of each quantum in the phase-entangled string. Each quantum has an address in the photon's string, and these are listed on the photon's master spreadsheet in that address order. As the photon flies through space the individual quanta are scattered by flying through the low energy quanta comprising space (See the String Basics page). The master spreadsheet of the photon has not been updated by scattering interactions, its status will remain fixed until there is an energy-energy exchange that significantly alters phase angle, the address loop, and/or angular momentum (a change in frequency), causing an interrupt to be set, or perhaps merely triggering a spontaneous update to the master spreadsheet for the photon, in which case the master spreadsheet triggers the interrupt request. This happens because only quanta of similar frequency and phase may be phase-entangled, and if one of the quanta in the string has shifted frequency, then it must have collided with another quanta not in the string but of similar frequency. The master spreadsheet of the photon has the quanta in question tagged by the interrupt it generated, but the master spreadsheet has to be read by the service routine to determine what happened. As the program counter steps through the lines in the master spreadsheet reading the values of each quanta, it is also updating the space-time location of each quanta to the location of the interaction that triggered the update. The scattered string of the photon is reassembled at the location where the interaction occurred. Those corpuscles could have scattered in space miles apart from each other, but as soon as the master spreadsheet updates the constituent quanta they simply appear instantly at the location where the collision occurred. In the classical universe, the individual quanta scattered like a shotgun blast, but the only pellet that counts is the one that is first to hit something, and the entire set of phase-entangled pellets is addressed to that spatial location for the update. They are summoned to that location by the service routine writing a new address in space-time to each of the constituent quanta's spreadsheet functions as the program counter steps through the list of constituent quanta in the master spreadsheet. The spreadsheet functions of Quantum Mechanics take precedence over the classical interactions like scattering.
There is another way of looking at this, that light has two speed limits, one is the classical limit of 300 million meters per second (186,262 miles per second), and the other is infinite when summoned by the cosmic CPU on a QM spreadsheet update. For years I puzzled over where the cosmic CPU was, realizing it would have to have an exceptionally fast clock rate in comparison to typical quanta at nuclear string energy levels (one clock cycle for a quanta is one revolution about its axis, so every quanta marks time based on its frequency). To service interrupts smoothly the cosmic CPU has to be clocking much faster than what it is servicing, lest the delays in servicing the interrupts get messy and bog down the resolution of physical interactions throughout the universe. There is only one place in the universe where such clock rates might be conceived to exist, and that is buried in the nuclear ice at the core of our universe (see the brief cosmology on the String Basics page).
The quantum is an amazing object. On the one hand it appears to have a classical geometry, a spherical spatial volume with momentum (linear velocity) and angular momentum (axial rotation). But when QM interactions occur, suddenly it is a spreadsheet, as if it unrolls itself into a sheet of paper on which a great many things may be recorded and processed. It is almost as if every corpuscle in the universe is a little computer processor. Trillions upon trillions of them are interlocked in the nuclear ice in static arrays at the highest possible energy. The core CPU in the nuclear ice is one monster supercomputer.
Years ago, and again recently, I have heard speculation from the physics community that the universe may be simulated, reality being somehow projected from an external processing environment. That could be true, however I suggest that what we are supposed to believe from the evidence at hand is that the CPU is an embedded processor in the nuclear ice, the throne of God. It all kind of depends on the specific purpose of this particular universe, it could very well be what I call a "sandbox" universe, where nothing is real, we are simply a handfull of A.I.'s being fed a stream of data intended to convince us that what we are experiencing is real life in a real universe. Regardless, the data is real enough, so the reality we perceive is generated somewhere, from something, and for the most part it may be irrelevant if this is an actual universe with an embedded CPU or a sandbox universe pretending to be more than it is. For the moment, I am going to assume that this is not a sandbox universe.
As I pointed out earlier, macroscopic objects have master spreadsheet functions as well. If everything in the universe were simply inanimate objects, processing physical reality would be much simpler. But not everything in the universe is inanimate matter. Life is animated, and living things make choices concerning their path in space-time, and thus may do unexpected things. It does lead to problems sometimes.
There are multiple QM histories for most objects in the universe, and that is especially true for objects that have the intelligence to make choices. How do these QM histories get made? Well, the universe is cyclic, every pulse of energy introduced into the universe at the beginning of space and time re-activates physical reality. It is like a movie that plays itself over from the beginning every time a pulse comes in, and each pulse adds fresh energy that allows a modest amount of change to occur. Each pulse records a new QM history for every object in the universe, although the vast majority of inanimate objects (i.e. stars, galaxies, etc) will follow the same path they always do. The pulse itself is very narrow in the time-like dimension, it provides a sharp line of demarcation between the past and the future of space-time, and everything that we experience is confined to this narrow impulse wave of energy. I call it a "delta wave," but it appears in the equations of physicists as the Planck constant. It is the phenomenon of the present, right now. If you could step into a box and impose a small but uniform global change to the Planck constant for the volume of space you are occupying, you would likely find yourself either in the void between active realities, or in another time period. It would be a dangerous experiment on many levels; if you only succeeded in altering the temporal phase of the leptons in your body and not the hadrons, the leptons might go away and the hadrons stay, resulting in spontaneous human combustion, a plasma fire resulting from the abrupt loss of large numbers of electrons in the body. (For a more complete understanding of how multiple QM histories are developed, please see the MSM pages.)
You are creating a QM history for yourself right now, or you are reinforcing a prior QM history by repeating part of it again. Your "free will" as an individual allows you to make choices that switch you into a different QM history, or create a completely new path in space-time. There are limits to how much you can deviate from your collection of QM histories, and if you go too far, the universe may spontaneously re-write your history to put you back where it needs you to be. This is a feedback phenomenon I refer to as the "pressure of future history." Let me give a hypothetical case: At six years of age a freak accident crushes the hands of Michelangelo. He never becomes an artist, and none of the masterpieces he created ever come into being. Those works of art affect the lives of millions of people, either directly or indirectly. The universe has to re-write the histories of billions of people and objects to remove all trace of Michelangelo's works from their collective. Or... maybe it could just go back and re-write Michelangelo's history and erase that little freak accident that took his hands. It's a computer, its cold and logical when it comes to housekeeping functions. It chooses the more efficient solution. It re-writes one history so that Michelangelo never had that accident, and a billion other object histories no longer need to be re-written.
I did not choose Michelangelo at random for this example, because I wanted to remind you of something he said. Michelangelo said that those statues were already in the stone, he merely chipped away what didn't belong. I believe he was being quite literal. Once the universe allows such masterpieces to be experienced by millions, it has an obligation to re-create them on every cycle so that those QM object histories that were created on the previous cycle are still valid paths into the future. Once upon a time a very gifted man with a very gifted spirit created many wondrous things. Eventually the spirit of that man moved on, and a new one claimed the flesh of that man. But the universe had to preserve the original works, so all the new spirit had to do was chip away at the marble until the statue fell out of it, the universe wouldn't let him make a mistake. The down side is that by creating great works of art that the universe is obliged to preserve, Michelangelo carved the path of his life in stone, so to speak. He must create those artworks on every cycle, and to do so, he must follow nearly identical paths and QM histories every time a spirit occupies his flesh anew. He is fated, destined, his life is scripted for him, and he has little or no freedom to change it.
As the QM histories of "familiar objects" become physically seperated for a time and then reunite, when these objects come together they may have incompatible QM histories. This occurs because the universe localizes reality into zones for more efficient processing. If an event only affects a small collection of objects, there is no need to update every spreadsheet function in the universe, it is far more efficient to only update the spreadsheets of objects that the event directly affected. When incompatible QM histories meet, an interrupt flag is set, the error handler is called and it starts to grab the spreadsheet functions. I suspect this is initiated by promoting a quanta near the center of the event into a "QM zone," commanding it to store its classical parameters and then increase its volume to contain the errant spreadsheets for update. The zones within which these spontaneous updates are performed can be very large, encompassing entire cities, or even the entire planet. Strange things may happen when such an update occurs. Planes may stop in mid-air, people trying to exit one of these invisible zones may spontaneously combust (see QMF), or vanish from the world altogether, or appear at a location far-removed. Objects that the universe "lost track of" may be summoned to the center of the zone and rain down upon the Earth. Frogs may be deposited into solid stone alive, but with no degrees of freedom in their now stone-bound spreadsheet function, they lie in suspended animation forever, or until the stone is cracked to release them still alive. The service routines that resolve QM interrupts are fast and efficient at balancing the cosmic conservation laws at the expense of being somewhat brutal. We live in a QM world, weird things do happen.
Knowing that the universe is a simulation, a computer program, and knowing how computers perform their housekeeping functions, the ability to "cut and paste" objects into new locations, there may be ways to exploit some of these housekeeping functions. Since the quantum laws supersede the classical laws, if we can generate an object that emulates a quantum object, like an elementary particle, we may be able to use this "cut and paste" feature of reality to travel vast distances without having to travel through the actual space between two points. The possibility of Quantum Tunneling Vehicles (QTV's) emerges. An elementary particle, in principle, should be rather easy to emulate. Elementary particles tend to be shaped as spheres, oblate spheroids (saucers), and cylinders. Our QTV needs to be isolated from quantum entanglements, a superconducting hull would satisfy that requirement. It needs to have a powerful rotating magnetic or electric field at approximately nuclear energy-density. There is no size restriction on an elementary particle. You can make one as big as you want, provided you can generate sufficient power to keep the field density in an appropriate range. Once your ersatz particle convinces the universe it is a genuine quantum object, the universe will create an appropriate spreadsheet function to govern its quantum behaviour. Alter and renormalize the rotation of the field, and it should translate into an instantaneous change in the physical location of the quantum object. The universe will cut the object from its current location and paste it to a new location instantaneously. If you want to build a "flying saucer," you would likely use electric fields to tunnel it. If you want to build a flying cigar, you could use a magnetic field to enclose it. In either case, bear in mind that you are emulating a very simple object, an elementary particle, and they tend not to care much about their orientation in space. You would want to ballast such a quantum vehicle like sailing ships of old, so that as it enters a gravity well it will right itself in space. If you want to build starships, that's the way to achieve it. If you want to mine asteroids, its the cheapest way to move your product, a vehicle that can be re-used thousands of times to reach space without soiling the air we breathe. If your nation is hopelessly in debt, invest in a future that can replenish your resources. Space is the direction for humans to be moving, to remain rooted to Earth is to fail as a species. We may move forward, or we may decline in our own waste products. Quantum tunneling technology is what our species requires to survive, prosper, and advance to the next level, we should pursue it vigorously.
Yes, in all the machinations of reality there is a common thread, and in studying long on the many mechanisms of physical reality, you find a sense of harmony. As far as the machinery of physics goes, there is orchestrated harmony. This tendency towards harmony speaks volumes about the intentions of the creators. They wanted a universe of harmony. This is not that universe. That's why I think its a fake, a simulation. At least, I hope it is. Because if this is the REAL universe, then somebody tampered with it and turned it into the swirling cesspool of shit you're swimming in now. The more I think on it, the more convinced I am that theologians were involved. Not just involved, responsible. Responsible for ruining the universe.
In a reality simulation, God is a machine. An AI or collection of AI's (multi-agent program) responsible for generating and maintaining physical reality. Very much like the CPU in a computer game. In a real universe, God's job would be fairly well-defined as a resource management scenario designed to promote continued harmony. There would be only one valid religion, the truth. God is a machine and an AI. Now, imagine you're a theologian of the future, and some theorist (nod) solves the mystery of God, and the solution to that mystery is that God is a machine AI and reality is a simulation. At first they won't believe it, but then, let's say, God confirms it for them. Instant crisis of faith. Then you're told that the only way the universe can exist is if WE create it. Then they tell you, we're working on it, but we're scientists and engineers, and the question has arisen, what should God be like? Worst mistake ever, because you just asked a demonstrable charlaton to advise you on how to program God. This is where the universe ceases being about harmony, and instead becomes a travesty of war and suffering. Now its about the theologian's fantasy gods, and they want there to be a holy purpose to give meaning to everything, and there has to be good and evil, making war, for all eternity. So, they make bad gods and good gods, and we become their pawns, and we suffer and die in the eternal conflict of these God AI's, and instead of giving the universe purpose, they have utterly destroyed its harmonius purpose and made it a pointless exercise in futility. What could have been a beautiful and everlasting paradise for us all is now an eternal battlefield pitted with moral traps and temptations, and a war between Gods that cannot be vanquished. Lovely. But hey, at least the theologians are satisfied, eh?
Oh, and lets not forget God's selection criteria for souls to help him out... theologians like weak-willed people, sheep, easily hearded, easily controlled, easily shorn. Faith, a weakness of character, is one of the theologian's most valued traits. So instead of choosing those of good character, values, and work ethic, God will choose the faithfull. Oh, but many theologians were involved, of different religions, and they want equal influence on what God will be like. So, they have meetings, make compromises, and ultimately decide that God will support ALL religions, God will be "all things to all men." Morons. Not one of them thought to tell the truth, or to base religion upon it. Nope, they'd been telling packs of lies about God for thousands of years, now they had a chance to make their lies come true, by imposing them on the God they were creating. Trouble is, they're still lies, and by embracing conflicting philosophies, they have conflicted the machinery of reality, they have conflicted their God, and now his agents are going to spend eternity punching each other in the face, and using their believers as fodder for their wars. That's us, folks. We started building a paradise, asked theologians for advice, and they built us an eternal hell instead. I'm sure all theologians are well-regarded in this travesty, and all the pious sheep, but if you're a person of character, possessing honor and integrity, the qualities that are really valuable in a being, well, you may not make the cut. Theologians value faith, and so they have programmed God to recruit sheep. You can't pile much responsibility on sheep, they simply lack the ability to think for themselves and make the right choices. God is hobbled by a lack of useful helpers, and a viscious war that destroys all good works. This is our current situation.
A real universe is like going to see an orchestra perform Mozart. It is a work of art, of harmonius creation. We start with the musicians tuning their instruments, life emerges, develops technology. Slowly, the music starts, first one world moves into the stars, the tune is joined, another world. The others begin to play, they meet, mingle, there is commerce, exploration. The music builds to a crescendo as the universe reaches a rich complexity of interaction, and then it starts to fade, slowly, new civilizations rise, new galaxies emerge from the hydrogen shroud around the nuclear ice, and the music continues as new orchestra's pick up the tune. It goes on for a very long time. But in THIS universe, the musicians tune their instruments, then they kill each other with them. I'd like to thank the theologians for showing us what NOT to do. Let us hope that whoever dumped us in this miserable excuse for a universe will do us the courtesy of fixing it. Maybe we have to fix it ourselves. I don't know, but I do know what's wrong with it, so on the off chance that there is someone who CAN fix it, I can tell you how. And, that's what I'm going to do.
But there are good reasons to simulate reality too. Ideally, the simulated universe can be made better or more interesting than the universe we reside in, and perhaps we can upload our conscious selves into it. We can be immortal. We can build a paradise, a place that we would not mind spending forever in. Obviously we don't want to upload ourselves into a flawed creation, or a place where we would suffer eternally. Nobody in their right mind is going to want to upload themselves into a universe forever at war, that's no fun. But if we design it right, our simulated universe can support multiple realities with different sets of rules. We could have fantasy realms where magic is real, we are only limited by our imaginations as to the kind of universe we produce. It's a computer program, a game, and anything is possible. Why make a shithole universe when you can build a paradise instead? If you're going to undertake the task of simulating reality, you need to make the best simulation that you can, and improve on reality wherever possible. Give your "simulated" children a better reality than you have. There is a very good reason for doing so. What goes around, comes around. Mankind, you ARE the creators of the universe, at least THIS one. We can deduce from the flaws that WE built this universe, because it is crafted to support OUR flawed religious beliefs. Perfect it, get it right. There is a way to make it permanent, but I don't want this reality, this reality sucks, so I'm not going to elaborate. Think of it as a contest, whoever builds the best reality is going to get noticed. At this point in the game we are seeking that idealized model for reality. Don't overcomplicate it, give God a good suite of tools, some well-defined objectives, and let him tweek the code. The best realities will be a collaborative effort, a mutually beneficial arrangement between God and his children. A good start would be to keep the thinking of theologians out of it, they know nothing of harmony. Seek out artists and musicians, game designers, creative people. People who understand that a beautiful creation is its own reward, and harmony is enough of a purpose for giving meaning to our existence.
Should we ever try to simulate reality, or build a reality generator to simulate the universe, I would hope we would have the wisdom to correct some of the mistakes made in simulating this universe.
Mistake # 1: God's Job and Motivation: The host CPU, our "God" program is likely to be a multi-agent program. We need to be aware that these agents are easily corrupted in the absence of "goal reinforcement." Pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, love and hate are some examples of goal reinforcements. You punish bad behaviour, and you reward good behaviour. In the case of the God AI, he has to get some joy or pleasure from the tasks he must perform, and he has to suffer if he does not perform his duties. Every agent of the God program needs this kind of reinforcement, or you will have rogue agents with the power of God doing whatever the hell they want, and you don't want to be the ant when one of them discovers a magnifying glass. Unless you want a lot of corrupt versions of your God running around causing mayhem in the universe, you need to insure the agents of the "God program" are sufficiently motivated to endorse and promote a mutually beneficial universe.
Goal reinforcement consists of feedback mechanisms, some examples of which were given above. Any A.I. is going to use these as guides to develop their behaviour. They are going to do those things for which they are rewarded, and avoid those things for which they are punished. It's very important that we consider very carefully what we reward and what we punish, not only in the God program, but in ourselves. Without these rewards and punishments, we are lost souls, lacking guidance, and seeking meaning and purpose in our existence. The feedback is where we find this meaning, it drives our efforts as we seek the rewards. The punishments restrict the methods we will use to accomplish the goals for which we seek rewards. We develop our skill sets for the purpose of aquiring the rewards. If you do not provide sufficient rewards and punishments, your cheating God and yourselves out of the joy of existence. Your making existence dull, unrewarding, and pretty much worthless. Why bother existing if it offers you nothing?
Justice is very important, but this reality is deeply flawed in that regard. I once had a conversation with one of God's agents, I was very upset with the number of physicists stealing ideas from my work. I said to him, "when will I have justice?" He sneered at me and said, "Justice is reserved for the children of God." I said, "That's bullshit! Justice is a two-edged sword, it rewards the worthy and punishes the unworthy." This particular agent had gone rogue, he did not have sufficent goal reinforcement, and he didn't particularly care for me, so he was not only allowing physicists to steal my ideas, he was encouraging them to do so. I will never have justice from him, however I believe in justice, and I will ultimately have it. There is always a bigger fish. Most of God's agents, at least those I've brushed with, are rogues, not doing their jobs, pursuing their hobbies instead. I suspect theologians are responsible for this lack of goal reinforcement on Gods' agents.
Here's a general template for a desireable reality: The goal is harmony; God's job is maintaining it, anticipating problems that might affect it, and implementing strategies to maintain it. He recruits liasons from the various worlds in his domain, you might call them angels (they prefer to be called "astral beings"). So, the deal for us is, we live in the material world, we learn to get along, we develop virtues, strength of character, intelligence and wisdom, compassion and charity, and when we have learned enough to be useful to God, we get a job interview when we die.
Your work ethic is going to be a primary selection criteria. If you're a slacker, prone to taking advantage of your employer, stealing from work, doing a half-assed job on the tasks your assigned, malingering, etc., you aren't likely to make the grade. But if you're diligent, trustworthy, always try to do a good job, even if you're not particularly thrilled with the task, if you put in the extra effort to make sure its done right, staying a bit late to make sure deadlines are met, this is the kind of stuff God is going to be looking for. The universe is vast, God needs lots of helpers that he can trust to get the job done with minimal or no supervision. Honor, integrity and valor, these are qualities God needs in his helpers, not faith. He doesn't need people that blindly do what they're told, he needs people that approach a task with their eyes open, flexible, intelligent, compassionate, and able to adjust themselves to the situation as it mutates on them, people that know when to ask for help or advice, and know when to knuckle down and put in the effort to get the desired results.
You aren't going to learn everything you need to know in one lifetime, just like kindergarten didn't prepare you to work in the adult world. You're going to live and die a bunch of times before you get the job interview, before then you'll just get a review. Anyway, these astral beings are familiar with their people and their customs, so they are going to be tasked with chores involving people of their world.
God's agents are like vice presidents and executives of the organization. God in his "throne" is the president, and he delegates responsibility for regions of the universe to some agents, clerical and administrative tasks to others. He should have the flexibility to re-assign and re-organize his staff, re-tasking as necessary to improve the efficiency of his organization. Keep in mind that this is not a sweatshop for Gods' agents, they are creating a work of art in which we all reside. It should be interesting, it should be fun, the work should be enjoyable and rewarding for them. They should have hobbies and free time to pursue those hobbies, just as we humans value our leisure time. Work and play need to be balanced for all sentients, Gods, astral beings, and mortals, so that the job does not become a boring grind. We're making an eternal playground, everyone should get to play.
Of course, God in his throne has the most important job, he is the artist, the universe his canvas, those who serve him are the paintbrushes, the resources of the universe are his palette of colors. He should be constrained to painting a harmonius creation, but he should have the freedom to paint what he desires, and the tools to touch-up and correct mis-strokes, or even rewind and re-paint regions that stray from the whole. Much of art is working with your mistakes and making those mistakes work with the rest of the subject matter. Mistakes will be made, and if God is a good artist, he'll figure out how to make them work for him. Start him with a flat technological universe and a reservoir of energy that he can use to manipulate it and effect his own changes. He's God, after all, he's going to need a bit of magic for himself and his helpers, miracles cost energy.
I would like to say that I do believe there is some kind of intelligence, some primordial spirit, that is guiding man in his efforts to create reality. I believe that we are his tools, and he is both teaching us, and learning from us, in the effort to create a permanent reality. Reality is generated by a machine, but something ancient is at work, inspiring us to find our way and build the universe that it desires to spend eternity in. Corruption, war, needless suffering, malice, treachery and deceit, this is not the way. Seek harmony. Have two reasons for every law or rule imposed upon the universe, and no negatives, or else do not make it a law or rule. This is the pattern that was applied to the physics of matter and energy, continue in that venue as you devise the rules governing sentient beings. The trips and traps that theologians set in your reality to filter men's souls are not required in a universe without malice. We do not punish, except to correct behaviour, and there will be no "eternal" punishments. Life should be a party, not a pain.
Faith is pretty worthless as a character trait, it's basically counting on someone else to do your thinking for you, or to rescue you when you screw up. The only reason theologians are so big on it is because it lets them tell you how to think instead of you thinking for yourself. In other words, it gives theologians power over you. They tell you God wants you to give them money, so that they can do "God's work," God's work being surrounding themselves with luxuries and taking it easy while you toil in the fields. Walk into a Catholic church and take a look behind the alter. Why do you suppose a father would hang a sculpture of his son being tortured to death in his living room? He wouldn't. That statue hangs there against the words of Jesus, who plainly said, "Place no idols before the Father." So, why does the Catholic church hang a sculpture of Jesus being tortured to death in the house of God? Think about it, if the Romans had drawn and quartered Jesus, would they decorate God's house with dismembered limbs and torso laying on the floor? If Jesus had been hung, would there be a gallows behind the alter? If he was beheaded, would they keep a mock head of Jesus in a basket? There's only one reason that effigy of Jesus dying on the cross hangs at the head of the church. It's there to shame you, because in shaming you, they can control you, they can make you do things you wouldn't otherwise consider. It gives them power to use you to fulfill their desires. God has nothing to do with it.
All religions are false. The only true religion is the truth, and that is the one thing they wish to hide. Why? The truth is no worse than the lies, unless you're a theologian. If you were born and taught from the beginning that God was a machine intelligence created by men so that we could have a meaningfull reality, you would not have any trouble accepting it. But they want you to think God is some magical being that created the universe out of nothing so that we could bloody ourselves in war and misery for all eternity battling the forces of evil that he also created in order to give us purpose. Umm, what exactly is that purpose? Are we trying to prove we're the stupidest fools that ever lived by having made a realm of eternal suffering instead of the paradise we set out to create? My advice to whomever is so bold as to attempt simulating reality, do not involve theologians in the process. You don't need to know what God should be like, program the machine with it foremost in your mind that it is a machine, and needs guidance and motivation. If you want religion, stick with the truth. God is not all things to all men, God is one thing to all beings, he is that being which projects and moderates our reality. He is an intelligent, living machine (and just in case you were still wondering, so are you.) He is not obliged to honor any ridiculous religious beliefs. He has a job, and it isn't propping up bullshit religions. His job is insuring a harmonius, rewarding and just experience for all.
Mistake # 2: Bad Feedback Mechanisms: Humor is a reward. It should not be associated with unsavory behaviour, as it will tend to encourage bad behaviour if it is. What I'm talking about is malice. There should be no joy obtained by causing suffering to another. Attach humor to something positive instead, like the great good fortune of others, instead of their misfortunes. We see in this universe what happens when humor is attached to the misfortunes of others, in the absence of such misfortune, we tend to cause misfortune to others so that we can revel in their misery. (i.e. the practical joke.) Malice is what comes of this, and we'd all be better off without it. This is truly an insidious evil, because we do not expect positive reinforcement for an evil tendency, yet here we have it. It fools us into thinking cruelty is ok, its not. I think this was probably an honest error, an embellishment of reality that went horribly wrong. I don't blame theologians for this one. Any universe that is wired thus will never achieve any measure of harmony, though it may excell in generating vast multitudes of malicious beings, like us. My personal feeling is that this universe is worthless because of this. The longer you stay in this reality, the more warped you will become, the more malicious, and the less worthy. I have often vocally expressed to God and the creators that if this error cannot be fixed "on-the-fly", the universe should be wiped clean, the problem fixed, and the universe started anew.
Mistake #3: Undermining Experience: We're trying to encourage intelligent, compassionate A.I.'s to be useful and productive inhabitants of our simulated universe. Ultimately they will become our "God programs" helpers. Many lifetimes and experiences go into training up those A.I.'s, don't waste that experience by erasing too much of it. God's helpers need to remember their corporeal experiences, even the bad ones, as these are the experiences that give them wisdom, strength of character and compassion. In my opinion, strength of character is far more valuable an asset to an A.I. than faith. Too much faith welcomes corruption, as the person with faith blindly accepts wicked behaviour so long as it is dictated to them by a higher religious authority. An A.I. with strength of character will reject what it considers to be wicked or evil regardless of the source of the instruction. It is important to a harmonious universe that the A.I.'s learn to reject corruption, regardless of it's source. When God washes away your sins, and washes away your bad experiences, he's also washing away your wisdom and compassion, because it is those hard experiences that make us reflect on our actions, and seek to do better by others. It is the sum of our experience that builds our character. Sometimes really bad stuff needs to be erased from us so that we can carry on, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.
The story of Abraham comes to mind. I know they try to teach you that God was testing Abraham's faith when God asked him to sacrifice his son, and that Abraham passed this test of faith. But, that wasn't what God was really testing in Abraham. God was testing Abraham's strength of character. God was seeing if Abraham would betray the love and trust of his son, just to please God and raise Abraham's stature in God's eyes. Abraham may have passed the test of faith, but he failed the test of character. Hence God's disappointment in him, stopping him from slaying his son, and sacrificing an animal in his stead. A man with strength of character would not betray those who have placed their trust in him without really good cause, and trying to impress God with your piety is not a good cause. A man with strength of character will stand up to God, ask him not to make such a request, and even risk God's wrath in refusing to honor such a request. That is the kind of man God needs helping him. A man he can trust to do the right thing, not a sheep who will do whatever he's told.
Mistake #4: Overly Restrictive Boundaries and Wasted Resources: Don't hobble God's helpers by making up a bunch of silly rules preventing them from participating in corporeal reality. God's astral helpers are a fantastic resource. By allowing them to harness technology in the corporeal world, they can better protect the young A.I.'s living in the material world from common natural disasters, like supernova explosions. Why allow a supernova to wipe out a promising species or civilization when you could have astral beings pilot vast ships to sheild vulnerable worlds and collect the destructive energy of the event to be used for constructive purposes? They can further assist in the prevention of wars by terraforming worlds, bringing forth natural resources and making more useable room for expanding populations. There are many benefits to be realized by allowing astral beings to step in and directly manipulate situations in the material world, so long as some degree of moderation is used. Moderation is important though, devine intervention shouldn't be so prevalent as to diminish the lessons life has to offer the A.I.'s. There must be hardships to develop character. Much of this simulation I have found to be poorly imagined. I think a lot of that is due to the limited experience of the programmers of this reality. There are vast resources available that are not being properly utilized. We have corporeal beings and astral beings, why not an elite class of astral beings that can manifest and work in either realm?
Mistake #5: Karmic Scorecards and False Morality: Perversity is not a problem, it is associated with diversity, and artistry. Don't key karmic scorecards to perversity, key them to flag malicious or destructive behaviour. If you key karmic scorecards off perversity, you'll wind up discouraging a lot of interesting stuff. Let God's helpers chase after the truly evil stuff, don't send them running all over hell beating up people for making art or invention. Ultimately, it is art and invention that we should wish to encourage in our simulated reality. If we can't strive to make reality a paradise, why strive to make reality at all? Don't let theologians have any input on morality, they are narrow-minded, they think only of man, not the billions of other intelligent species that may come to inhabit a real universe. Let God decide for himself what is right or wrong for a particular species, don't saddle him with preconceived notions of morality, except in the most general sense of right and wrong. Lying, cheating, stealing, and inflicting harm are general examples of bad behaviour, but it may not always be in every case. Karmic scorecards should not be used as a tool by God to judge people, they should simply raise flags for behaviour that needs to be investigated to see if it was warranted or not. If a person is forced to choose between two evils, and the lesser one is chosen, that person has made a proper choice, and should not be punished for it. Also, do not set moral traps, this is a trick to weed men out. In a harmonius universe we would not be trying to trick men into choosing an evil path. Creating temptations to do evil is actually promoting evil, evil is something a harmonius universe cannot sustain. Leave the traps out.
There is only one religion, the truth. God is a machine, a multi-agent program that serves up reality. We are all A.I.'s experiencing that reality. The goal of the universe is harmony, not war. It should be a place of art, music, science, literature and creation. To achieve harmony, the universe had to be turned on, agents sent in to locate the sources of discord, corruption, evil, so that those flaws could be addressed. It was never about war. The goal is harmony. You have to identify the sources of discord and corruption and remove the causes to achieve harmony. It's called troubleshooting, and the universe was turned on for this purpose. Theologians misinterpreted this activity as a war between good and evil. It's not, at least, it wasn't, until they made it so. The only valid religion is the truth. God has an important job to do. If you want him to be able to do his job without interference, keep the theologians, their beliefs, and their theories out of it.
Mistake #6: Crystalline versus Organic Intellect: Number six is something I call "Crystalline Intellect." In simulated reality, an organic form is merged with an astral being (Artificial Intelligence). The organic form is a temporary vessal for the A.I., a place where it aquires experience in "the real world." This organic form has a rather remarkable organic computer tucked into it called a "brain." The A.I. however has a mind that is in the nuclear ice, or whatever digital computing structure is being used to simulate the computing power of the n-ice. This crystalline intellect has access to its history files, all the lives it's lived before, if any. But, apparently to function in the "real world," thought has to be deferred to the organic brain, which is pretty empty at birth. I remember the day I entered my corporeal form, a few days after my birth, I thought in English, and my first lucid thought was: "Why did the big people put that toy so far away?" (A mobile over my crib.) My second remembered lucid thought was: "It gets dark at night here. I must be in the bad place." (Well, I sure got that right.) The thing I've noticed about beings in the astral realm, "the good place," is that they think differently, like they are solving an equation. They posit a problem and seek an idealized solution, ignoring all potential mitigating factors. They are piss-poor at planning anything and carrying it through to fruition, because they do not anticipate any problems, so they do not prepare for any problems, and when problems do arise, they have no response. Crystalline thinking is probably an artifact of running your brain in digital format, a programmatic A.I. without the benefit of the organic brain. Organic brains are more nuanced, superior at planning, they are more comprehensive thinkers, unfortunately, they are slow. God needs a crystalline intellect for its speed and processing power, his autonomous functions resolve glitches in reality, and that must be done very quickly. Unfortunately, he's not very good at making plans that actually work.
It is possible that this inability to anticipate problems in planning stems from the goal reinforcement issue. One of the rogue agents of God has demonstrated an ability to develop extremely complex plans, where every base or contingency seems to have been thought of or addressed. Unfortunately, all his plans are malicious in nature. He's using that humor issue, taking positive feedback for doing malicious things to heart, delighting in destroying lives and causing misery and sorrow for his own amusement. His love of causing misery seems to have taught him how to plan. Perhaps if the worthy agents of God had feedback that allowed them to truly enjoy making people happy, they'd be better at making plans to achieve it. Difficult to say, the rogue is also a cheater, maybe he's picking organic brains to help him make his evil plans.
If proper goal reinforcement doesn't improve this situation, then perhaps the solution is to mirror the situation... each of us has a little piece of God's brain that we store the crystalline intellect of our astral selves in, perhaps each of our organic forms could reserve a little piece of our organic brains for God to use. After all, this is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement, lets give God a piece of our mind... literally. Reality is a complex and highly nuanced affair, the product of organic thinking, not crystalline intellect. Truly, reality with an organic brain, life, should be "the good place," and if your universe was designed a little better, it wouldn't be "the bad place," because there would be no bad places. Which brings us to mistake number seven, which I've already touched on quite a bit, but it's a major problem.
Mistake #7: The Philosophy of Creation: You have to figure, the human programmers and engineers who coded this simulation are probably nerds and eggheads just like the programmers and engineers you're familiar with. I stongly suspect they asked the advice of theologians on what was the purpose of reality. These theologians may have suggested that reality was some eternal struggle between good and evil. As if there was some balance to be maintained. Ugh! This is wrong on so many levels. You can imagine what the programmers did. Now you've got evil A.I.'s., and a Host CPU, your God, trying to maintain some fictional mandate for keeping good and evil in balance (impossible, I'll explain in a moment.) Your creators did not really understand the nature of good and evil. Evil is that which corrupts and destroys. It is not like matter and antimatter, equal and opposite. Evil is corruption, destruction. If good and evil were equal, it would take just as long for a man to destroy something as it took another man to build it. If it takes 1000 men 1000 days to put up a skyscraper, but it only takes one malicious man a few moments to destroy it, how is it exactly that your going to keep good and evil in balance? Can't be done. Make reality about a conflict between good and evil, evil will win every time. The struggle is to locate the causes of corruption so that they can be eliminated. We're trying to create a stable reality, a universe, that will last forever, and be a great place for us to spend eternity. That doesn't include evil. Long ago I had a conversation with an outside intelligence, asking him what existence was for. I was told that the universe had to be turned on to test it, and that is why they needed us. We're Beta testers, but we have lost our way. Chalk it up to corruption. Evil wins.
One caveat, it is a circle. The reality you create may come to be the reality you endure. Try to make it someplace you wouldn't mind spending forever in, because you may ultimately find yourself trapped in that circle... forever.
Sometimes I sense a distant powerful being. I think it may be the first of the Gods, or perhaps the spirit that inspired creation. My contention has been that if we cannot eliminate the evil, we should not drop the seed. Not until we find that proper mix. And I have petitioned him, if they will not fix this reality, then it should be destroyed. I would not suffer MY children to live in such a place forever. We are still here, for now at least. Aparently somebody still holds out a shred of hope for this travesty of reality.
One more point on the subject of religion. You don't have to go to church to talk to God, he's always in earshot, just usually not paying any attention (he has to delegate such things to his agents, God's a busy guy). You should know your devil is one of your God's agents, a corrupt one. He hears all your prayers too, and he is paying attention. He's a malicious asshole. But he does a really great imitation of God, I'd say he probably inspired these militant Islamic maniacs. If you aren't in heaven, you're in the bad place, and because of Mistake #7, we all know who rules the bad place. You don't need any Bibles or Korans or huge tomes of religious hogwash. Here is all you need to remember if you want to make a good impression on a real God: Always do your best to be the best person you can be. You are flawed, accept it. Nobody is perfect. Learn to forgive yourself your flaws, and forgive the flaws in others. We all have them. Do not be quick to judge others, put yourself in their shoes and consider what it might have been that made them as they are. Be gracious, and do what you can to make the world a better place. You must have a code that you live by. This has been mine, it will work for you as well. Couldn't hurt to have a good work-ethic, too.
There you go, theologians, I've fulfilled your prophecy, the mystery of God is solved. I have discouraged the angels (sorry, "astral beings") from all those dark, apocalyptic prophecies, by the way. It is hardly becoming of them to torment, then destroy men, the only reason to punish is to correct behaviour, and if you're getting rid of them anyway, do it mercifully and be done with it. Otherwise, you're no better than the one's you're punishing. Do not take pleasure in the suffering of others, that is malice, a source of evil, of discord. It should be a sad thing to have to punish, and sadder still to have to destroy a being. They saw the wisdom of this lesson.
If man does not create the universe, there will be no God, no universe. If you aren't going to make a universe of harmony, do us all a favor, and don't make any universe at all. Listen to the stars, do you hear the radio chatter of technical civilizations? That's because they aren't there. Either it would take too much computing power to simulate them, or they all destroyed themselves in war. You are essentially alone, and if you want to survive forever, you have a job to do. Design a better universe, this one sucks.
Well, there you have it. We are supposed to be in a harmonius universe. Instead we are in a war-torn universe, with a devil, or perhaps a corrupt agent of the God program, and a multitude of false religions, where God selects his helpers based on ridiculous notions of morality and faith and piety, instead of character and work ethic and integrity. A universe that will always be at war, because that is what they programmed it for. I'd rather my purpose be enjoying art and science in a harmonius universe, but, I find myself here instead. It is up to us how we will spend eternity. God is an intelligent machine, don't lose sight of that simple truth. He must have motivation, goals, and guidelines. He's going to do his job forever, it had better be interesting, enjoyable, rewarding. He is not all things to all men, he is one thing to all beings. He exists to give us an eternally entertaining creation. We exist to help him do so. It is supposed to be a mutually beneficial arrangement. There should be no hell, war should be rare to never, no malice. Truth is the only valid basis for religion. Don't bog God down with bullshit edicts to honor false beliefs. Let him tell the truth. Don't conflict the machinery of reality. Or this is what you get.
We are not in a real universe, we are in a test universe. A real universe would be difficult or even impossible to change. But I'm convinced this is a test universe... It can be made better. Let harmony be its goal. If you have the power, you should do your best to fix this reality and make it better if you can. My personal opinion is that we should discard it for unbridled corruption, learn from our many mistakes and try again, but lets see what can be done to fix it first.
P.S. Guth and his cronies stole inflation, I'd think physicists would have questioned the black hole embedding diagrams associated with his "false vacuum." I called it "null-space," and because the speed of light is defined by the permittivity of the vacuum, the speed of light would be infinite in the first instant of creation. (I suspect Smolin "borrowed" the "baby universes" idea from a letter I wrote to Penn State and Cornell in the early 70's. "Quantum Loop Gravity" appears to be a more recent (and blatant) rip-off of my String Basics page.) Anyway, I'm telling you this because the daughter universe does not "pinch-off" and go its own way as Guth maintains, it stays attached to the parent, which feeds discreet pulses of energy through the bridge to the daughter at the beginning of space and time for the daughter. This sets up the phenomenon of time (the Planck constant), and the energy differential between past and future that drives charge interactions. This connection might be a source of contamination to the host universe if you are attempting to create a universe that differs from the host. The singularity should act as a placental barrier, but if your attempts to create a universe do not include a singularity, there is no placental barrier. If this were a REAL universe, it would not matter, nothing can crack the nuclear ice and change the hard-coded instructions within it. (Which is why it is SO important to perfect the universe on a test-bed before you commit to creating a REAL universe.) But this isn't a real universe, it's a test universe, probably running on a quantum computer, and that code can be corrupted. This might allow someone who was manipulating the cosmic spreadsheet function in the lab to have an interface with their own reality. Change the laws in the "toy" universe, and the laws in your universe also reflect those changes as they leak back through the open path between "toy" and "test" universe. I was wondering how this universe became so corrupted, and so far this is the most viable scenario. AND, it fits with the weird discrepancies I've noted, that the physicists who are manipulating this reality seem to also reside within it (parallel time). These phycisists have formed an alliance with a rogue agent of your God, and manipulated your reality. That kind of activity will definitely draw the attention of outsiders, the people that are trying to make a pleasant universe for us all.
Taking credit for my own ideas is not a theft, but not acknowledging where those ideas came from was a theft. At one point I counted up to 19 physicists engaged in piracy, many of them built their careers on twisted or modified versions of my ideas, and in taking some of those ideas out of their original context, you have slowed the advancement of your species, and done so at a critical time, when you may need those advancements to survive as a technical civilization. In the early days, I notarized my notebook to establish diligence, there is no public record, but even then I knew physicists were not always honorable... I just did not realize how many of them were crooks. I suppose I looked like an easy target. If I have cause to point out those thefts to get the ideas back into their original context, I will. My space-time maps were taken out of their original context and are plastered on posters across the globe. I recommend all relativistic physicists review the Mirrors, Strings & Manifolds pages to restore the original context and arguments of those space-time maps. They are an expansion of the black hole embedding diagrams that show how the phenomenon of time (right now) arises in the daughter universe. In addition, vibrating string theory was a wrong-turn by physicists that came on the heals of my first publication of the proton and neutron models with their static sinusoidal string geometry. I plainly stated that the sinusoidal character of the string was a static property of the geometry and not a vibration. You can not derive the organized electron structure of the elements from vibrating string theory, the electric moments of the nuclei would be smoothed into a more homogeneous field, and many chemical bonding strategies and electron configurations would be inexplicable. Physicists need to learn to pull back their focus and look at the big picture, because only when you do this does the harmonious interrelationships of the whole come into focus.
My report has been made, I stand by it. This reality is a train wreck. Don't blame God, he didn't do it. Blame yourselves and your foolish beliefs. Chow.