The universe is not several billion years old, as scientists and their liberal followers maintain. It is not even several thousand years old, as Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis maintains. In fact, the universe was just created last Thursday.
Edward Frenkel, professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses ideas from mathematicians and philosophers that the universe is a simulation. After showing that while most areas of human thought are subject to differences, we all agree on the language and results of mathematics. He cites Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom who argues that if simulations are possible, they will be created and there will be many more of them than there are universes. Therefore, the chances that our universe is a simulation is higher than the chance that it is a real universe.
Frenkel cites the work of physicists Silas R. Beane, Zohreh Davoudi, and Martin J. Savage which shows that the simulations that scientists run on the natural world create certain asymmetries of their own. If our universe is a simulation, it will have certain asymmetries which we should be able to detect. Are we able to do so? Frenkel states that the jury is still out on that question, but I think the proof is evident.
What did you have for breakfast last Wednesday? Can’t remember? It’s because there was no last Wednesday, proving my thesis that the universe was created this past Thursday. And even if you think a moment and come up with an answer, it’s only because God creates a universe that makes you think that it is much older. I would not have thought of Pat Robertson as an opponent of Bible-based reasoning about the age of the earth, but even he derides Ken Ham by noting that it is clear that geologic formations show that the earth is much older than 6000 years. But of course, that’s only because as part of being in this simulated universe, God makes it appear that these geologic formations, created last Thursday, are millions and billions of years old.
Einstein famously asserted in his bafflement at quantum mechanics that “God does not place dice with the universe!” He eventually had to concede God’s dice-playing. Not only does God play dice with the universe, he plays games with our minds. God must have a fun time snarking at the little humans running around in this less-than-a-week old universe measuring the age of geologic formations.
Ptolemy studied the heavens and mapped the movements of the orbs. He believed in a geocentric universe but the orbs he mapped did not have expected simple orbits around the earth. He noted the epicycles of the orbs which much complicated astronomy but allowed him to retain his geocentric belief. Fourteen hundred years later Copernicus postulated a heliocentric universe, and six hundred years later at least 75% of Americans believe the earth goes around the sun. Maybe a few hundred years from now, the rest of us will come around.
But not me. I’m still with Ptolemy. I will continue, with Ken Ham, to look at the facts on the ground and do as many gyrations as necesssary to make sure that they can be explained in a six thousand year old universe.