Why is Everything?

May 31, 2010

Any thing, whether physical or non-physical, can be regarded as a concept. A rock is a rock, but it also embodies the concept of ‘rock’. For ease of visualisation, a concept can be regarded as a singular point in some vast hypothetical space. If we were to consider the concept of ‘rock’ in this sense it would appear as a lone star in an empty night sky. In actuality there are millions of these conceptual points in the human consciousness. If one were to plot all of these points in the hypothetical space it would now appear as a sky full of millions of stars, stretching for countless miles in every direction. What we visualise now is the sum total of all concepts known to man.

This is not all that is to be considered, however. All of these individual points are connected elaborately. Rock is connected to both concepts of ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ along with ‘gray’, ‘sharp’ and so on. In fact, these connections are so plentiful that each point must be connected to every other point, whether directly or indirectly. If one were now to visualise these connections as lines connecting the points, we can see the emergence of a vast lattice-like network. This is the collective human conscious.

These considerations are still limited by time; we are only considering concepts that we currently perceive. There are many more concepts in existence that we simply have not discovered yet. Five hundred years ago the concept of an atom comprised of electrons, protons and neutrons was not perceived by any man. However it still existed outside of human consciousness. Now if one were to consider all of these concept-points that exist but are not yet perceived, the night sky fills up with countless more stars. The connections between all these points make the network exponentially more complex. Now we visualise what appears to be the sum total of all knowledge.

I argue that this sum total of all conceptual points and connections is God. If this is the case, what is the significance? Well, the previous visualisation appears to be the sum total of all knowledge, but it is not. If all of these conceptual points were to be perceived by one consciousness there would still be one unknown concept: nothing. This consciousness would not be able to perceive the concept of nothing, because to completely understand nothing you must know no-thing. The remedy to this problem is simple, however. Create a machine that accumulates knowledge, then delete everything in this conscious network. As that ‘delete button’ gets pressed this consciousness would finally understand the concept of no-thing. The aforementioned machine can then re-accumulate all knowledge into a conscious network again. Finally we can visualise the sum total of all knowledge.

I further argue that this machine that re-accumulates knowledge is what has come to be known as life. Our universe is its operating environment.