But if, as the evidence suggests, the world is basically concept and concepts must be observed what was observing it before intelligent life evolved? This “problem” is really no problem at all. Lines may curve in many ways. One is a circle. Bending a line in on itself and joining the ends makes it self referential or self observing. Bending the line representing the “concept of absolute equilibrium” in on itself makes it self referential or self observing. That also makes It conscious because structurally It is identical to the self referential observation “I am” which tells us just what “concept” it is in equilibrium and thus gives it meaning. It is awareness itself and it is a true tabula rasa.
Such a fundamental self-observing concept also stops infinite regressions similar to the “who created the creator” problem because looking at the world as concept seems to fit a general trend in the advancement of knowledge which is completely incompatible with the notion of infinite regress. That is generalizing and simplifying a field to a succinct school of thought. In biology, the entire spectrum of life on Earth has been reduced to one idea - DNA. Chemists have gone further by taking the very stuff of DNA (as well as what everything else in the world is made of) and explaining it with the atom. Again, one simple theory that unites an entire science. Reducing the universe to a concept, based on its common relationship with nothingness as an idea, is the ultimate expression of this, it cannot be reduced any further because it has no other properties.
I call this foundational state the Prime Observer because It is literally observing Itself. The circle in this model is perfectly smooth and therefore in equilibrium but contains within It an infinite number of potential worlds which may emerge spontaneously as an epiphenomenon or side effect. In other words It is the simplest possible structure but contains within It all the complexities that can ever be.
As it is a concept we can say “nothingness” is not “nothing”. That is a contradiction thus such a state cannot exist. Just saying “nonexistence exists” is absurd. But an unobserved concept is also paradoxical and therefore unstable. It must collapse into a state that is stable but in order to do that it must have something in common with that state. Since the only property that which we commonly call “nothingness” (but which is better defined as the “concept of absolute equilibrium”) has is that of a concept it can only be reduced to something else that is also a concept to avoid a non sequitur. And all it has to do to accomplish that is bend back on itself. Nothing more.
But we must be careful here. All we have really done is show it seems to be possible to construct a mathematical model that not only can explain itself but the world also. It just happens it points to a Deistic God. But does it match what we see in the world? In my opinion yes as demonstrated in this short video (note- despite a remark by the narrator that about this being strange mathematically it really isn’t. It is exactly what we would expect to see mathematically if this model is correct because it says there is no “particle” going through the device. Only waves of chance, that can interfere with each other just like any other wave, that collapse as particles only when they hit the screen. It is only strange when looked at from a materialistic point of view):
Thus may we construct a model, derived from logic itself, providing us with a possible answer to our original question, “why is there something instead of nothing?” that not only explains itself and matches what we see in the world but predicts the observed outcome of the double slit experiment. However that in itself does not make it true. But though it is not a proof when contrasted with the apparent problems arising from the only alternative (atheistic materialism) I know of it seems, to me at least, the only reasonable conclusion.
In fact the main reason I reject materialism is that it seems to be anti-reason because it is self-contradictory. Materialism holds that all property is physical. Therefore there can be no non-physical properties. However if that is the case then nothingness (which is the total absence of all physical property) must be absolute. But if that’s true we wouldn’t be here to ponder the question because that means “something from nothing” in materialism is a non-sequitur. But that doesn’t mean materialists haven’t made the attempt. They have.
The arguments vary a little but they all basically go like this: The universe is an energy field that curves. The amount of curvature determines how much energy is in it. It may have a great deal of curvature locally but if the energy invested in the outward expansion of the universe caused by the big bang is exactly balanced by the force of gravity trying to pull it all back in then they will cancel out and the overall curvature of the universe would be zero and there would be no net energy to the universe as a whole. And since matter is just a form of energy it too would be equivalent to zero or nothing.
The reason why this argument fails is proponents of this argument are confusing (intentionally or not) zero meaning “no difference” with zero meaning “nothing”. This is because 0/2=0. In other words half of nothing is still nothing.
But it does more than fail. It actually suggests that no materialistic argument for existence can ever be found. This is because complexity arises from simplicity not the other way around. And this does seem to be the simplest possible description of the universe. Half of it is positive and goes one way and the other half is negative and goes the opposite way. It can’t be made any simpler so if a logical materialistic reason for being cannot be arrived at here it probably doesn’t exist.
So the advocates of materialism are reduced to trying to equate an explanation for existence with time when they say “if the universe has always existed it doesn’t require explanation.” But there is no reason to think such an explanation is time dependent. The argument I make here also assumes that existence is eternal. But it is based on fundamental principles. Not an endless chain of cause and effect.
Thus materialism is forced into an unexplainable infinite regression that maintains (counter to the evidence of the Big Bang, which I personally accept only because of the evidence of Olber’s paradox, since I don’t have access to the instruments of an astronomer, that says if the cosmos is finite it can’t be static and as it hasn’t collapsed it must be expanding) that the universe has always existed or it is derived from something else that has always existed without explanation.
In that case the cosmos would be fundamentally mystical and I would have no reason to think any logic based system of inquiry could explain anything because even though it says the universe has always existed it can’t explain why the universe has always existed. And that directly contradicts the ability of science to not only describe but predict phenomena. A feat that would seem unlikely if the world were not basically logical.
So I have no reason to think materialism is true because not only does it seem to result in contradiction (how can an infinite number of universe be created out of a finite amount of energy), it doesn’t match what we see in the world (remember the double slit experiment?), and it can’t even explain itself (0/2=0). Any other theory with problems like these would have been dismissed long, long ago.
So is this form of Deism scientific? Yes, I believe it is because it meets all the requirements of the scientific method which are:
* Ask a Question (why is there something rather than nothing?)
* Do Background Research (philosophy, mathematics, logic,and physics are all represented)
* Construct a Hypothesis (the model presented above)
* Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment (the double slit experiment which BTW I personally did myself in college physics)
* Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion (the results of the double slit experiment match predictions made by the model)
* Communicate Your Results (this post)
Lastly does the Prime Observer fit the definition of God? Again yes. Humans are pattern seeking animals. The association of order and pattern with intelligence it seems to me would naturally lead early peoples to conclude that a supreme mind similar to their own created the world. Therefore the only definition of God that has any foundation is simply an awareness upon which the world is contingent. Attributes such as omniscience and omnipotence where probably just tacked onto this core definition by early thinkers with no knowledge of natural law. And those weren’t attributes of any God or Gods in ancient times anyway. For instance in Greek mythology Cronus created the universe but was then overthrown by Zesus a feat that would not be possible if Cronus was omnipotent.
So given the evidence I believe there is only one rational conclusion I can make. God exists. But It is the God of Deism not Theism and there is no purpose other than that which we choose to make for ourselves.