Science and religion don’t always together. Nonetheless, a number of intrepid scientists have made it their mission to prove the existence of God (with a capital G) with science. Some of these theories have their own holes and critics, but believers may find it attractive to learn that science may be starting to align with their beliefs.
Physicist Kurt Godel created a mathematical equation based on Saint Anselm’s ontological argument for the existence of God. The argument is based on the premise that God is the greatest being in the universe. If God does not exist, he (or she, or it, whatever floats your boat) does not exist. And a greater being—one that exists—is possible to imagine. But since it’s not possible to imagine a being greater than the greatest being in the universe, then God must necessarily exist.
#1. Kurt Godel’s modal logic
Following the same logic, Godel says since it’s not possible for God to not exist in any of the infinite number of universes, then God might exist. In 2013, logicians Christopher Benzmüller and Bruno W. Paleo ran Godel’s equations on a computer and found them to be correct.
#2. Theory of physical constants.
There’s a popular theory that says the universe is a holograph. And if it is, then there has to be a higher being that created the simulation. One scientific explanation that may support this theory is that of physical constants.
Constants are anything in the universe that stays the same, no matter the time or space they may be in. Examples include the speed of light and the charge of an electron. The theory goes, if we can find errors or glitches in the matrix—instances where the constants are no longer constant, it may be proof that someone controlling the holograph exists.
In 1998, Australian researchers said they believed the speed of light has changed. The researchers saw that light from distant stars was absorbed by intervening gas clouds on its 12-billion-year journey to Earth, something which is not possible if speed of light hasn’t slowed down.
#3. The odds of the universe existing are minuscule to none.
The Big Bang itself should’ve been seen the death of the universe even before it began. According to one theory, the explosion should have generated equal amounts of matter and anti-matter, thus canceling each other and the universe out. But for some reason, the Big Bang produced a slightly higher amount of matter, causing the birth of the observable universe.
Another theory goes that the universe exists in the Higgs field, and somewhere below it is a deep valley where it couldn’t exist. Now, if we go back to high school physics, you’ll remember that scientists believe the universe is always quickly expanding. But if this is true, the rapid expansion would have nudged the universe into the valley of non-existence the very first second it existed.
Are we really that lucky to keep beating the odds? Or is there some powerful, mysterious being that’s pulling the strings all this time?
#4. The epidemic called life
Some scientists suggest that life came to Earth from space through a mechanism that can be likened to an epidemic. Researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have created a mathematical description that shows how this can happen.
They say that life could have “spread from host star to star” like a disease going from one person to another. The Milky Way galaxy itself, they say, could now be “infected with pockets of life.”
This is called panspermia, or the process through which life spreads across different stars and planets. Whether it’s done through the natural course of events (i.e. asteroids, comets, and meteorites) or through alien spaceship, panspermia hints at the presence of intelligent beings throughout the universe.
#5. The sphere of life
The theory of panspermia would’ve been easy to dismiss, had it not been suggested by Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Francis Crick. Crick said that life on Earth could’ve sprung up through directed panspermia, an epidemic that is deliberately created and propagated by—who knows, perhaps a higher being.
In 2015, British scientist Milton Wainwright claimed he found physical proof of Crick’s theory. It came in the form of metal ball made from titanium and vanadium his team discovered in the stratosphere. The ball, he says, is about the width of a human hair and contains a “gooey biological liquid” in the center.
#6. Junk DNA
While everyone else is looking out for signs of extraterrestrial life, two scientists from Kazakhstan suggest it might be best to look in. Physicist Vladimir I. shCherbak and astrobiologist Maxim A. Makukov believe that aliens came to earth to spread their “seed.” The information of our ET origins, they say, could be found in what’s called junk DNA.
It’s believed that humans are made of only 3 percent of our entire genetic makeup. The remaining 97 percent, which is equivalent to about 750 MB of data, is useless. Thus, the term “junk DNA.” But what if it’s not really junk, at all?
In 1999, shCherbak and Makukov said they found a sequence of symbolic language embedded in junk DNA. They believe it’s not possible for this sequence to have happened if it weren’t for the interference of higher beings.
#7. The non-existence of reality
We’re used to solid objects being solid, even when we’re not observing them. In the world of very small things, this perception doesn’t hold water.
In quantum mechanics, objects don’t retain their property. They may appear as light particles when you look at them, but when you’re not looking they’re suspended in a dual state. When you look again, these objects can become wave or light particles, depending on what they “decide” how to show up to its observer.
#8. The 2D holograph
Ask any average person on the street how they see the world, and they’ll tell you they perceive it in three dimensions plus time. Physicists, however, are seriously considering the idea that the universe may actually be a flat hologram in 2D.
The idea was first put across by theoretical physicist Juan Malcedona, who suggested that hypothetical particles called gravitons vibrate to project the holographic universe across a massive horizon. If this is true, it would account for the discrepancies between Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, while hinting at a higher being that’s operating the holograph.
#9. The universe as a simulation
To test the simulation theory, scientists used a grid to build a simulated universe. The idea is, if the universe truly was a simulation, then it would behave like the one they built.
In the simulated universe, the motion of particles within the grid is related to the distance between points on the grid. The smaller the grid size, the higher the energy. Now, if the universe is a simulation, the fastest particles will have the highest amount of energy.
What the scientists saw was that cosmic rays, which are high-speed particles coming from outer space, arrive on Earth with the exact same amount of energy. If the universe is real, they believe cosmic rays should come from different directions and arrive with different amounts of energy.
#10. The codes of the universe
Another scientist interested in the simulation theory is James Gates, Jr., who specializes in a branch of physics called supersymmetry. Gates says he found a form of code embedded within supersymmetry equations that describe fundamental particles.
These are error correcting codes similar to those used to correct computer errors. The existence of these codes, he suggests, may point to a Matrix-like world, where every person’s experience is simply a virtual reality generated by a computer, with higher beings relying on the codes to correct our perception of them.
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