As I’ve wandered through the internet, I’ve come across a rather bizarre yet interesting idea: that the universe we live in is not real, but simulated. A simulated reality helps us explain the weirdness of quantum physics and the fact that we have yet to encounter aliens. It explodes notions of a special role for humanity by reducing human existence to mere bits. It explains unexplainable phenomena and strokes of luck.
However, a simulated universe must mean that there is a god. There can be no other conclusion.
If our universe is a simulation, some sort of entity had to have created it, be it a creature or an artificial intelligence. This entity has unlimited power over the universe and can find out anything about it. Nothing in this universe would be able to interact with the entity unless the entity lets us. The entity can present itself as anything within the simulation, so we cannot learn its true nature. It can move us from one simulation to another and refuse to bring us back. We cannot even assume that physics works the same way out there as it does in here. It can change whatever it pleases.
In the context of a simulated universe, that entity is God. Not a magical man in the sky, but a magical creature or machine entirely outside our reality.
I personally do not believe this about the universe, but it is quite logically sound. It can explain virtually any religious tradition’s creation myths, as well as any deity’s interactions with our world. It even makes atheism seem unreasonable and religion seem logical. Perhaps that’s why the idea isn’t as zealously spread as atheism; it leaves too much room for belief in a God reviled by the global elite.
An idea meant to make humanity feel petty ends up being quite affirming. What a delicious irony!