If such an entity were not postulated the ruminations of man would end with philosophy which is the study of the relationship of a man's mind with himself, others and the physical universe.
When an individual asserts that there is a God and a scientist says that there is no proof for the existence of such an entity, they are talking about two different ways of observing and thinking about the universe.
Observation of the Quality of SensationColors, smells, sounds, etc. divorced from the underlying and congruent physical foundation which, by most peoples' reckoning, supports sensation.
Observation of Quantifiable Objects and ActionsThings to which numbers can be put like mass, velocity, etc.
Both of these are valid operations of the mind. Both of these are based on factual truths by observation. They are, however, quite different.
Qualitive reasoning uses the function justify instead of prove.
A qualitive theory is accepted as true by the mechanism of "faith". A quantitive truth is termed "scientific, i.e. proven by appeal to impartial experiment").
A problem occurs when either one of these two ways of dealing with existence are applied to the domain of the other. Qualitive reasoning will not produce quantitive results and quantitve reasoning will not explain the qualitive realm.
With the foregoing in mind, is it possible to devise a non-contradictory scheme wherein such a God could exist given the form of existence I have previously postulated? And can such a God be qualitively justified as a necessary entity?
Perhaps . . . Let us proceed to reason it out.
We have available all that which we can observe and nothing more. By postulate there is nothing else (no other dimensions or universes to put our God in; just here).
Our first question then is where is God ?
God is to Universe . . . as . . . Mind is to BrainBy this I mean that the relationships between pieces of matter in the brain which constitute mind also (outside of the brain) constitute the mind of God. Thus, the actions of matter we outwardly observe are the physical manifestations of God thinking just as the observation of electrical activity in the brain is the physical manifestation of our thinking. In neither case can we say, by examining that activity, what the thoughts of the being are.
As Leibniz observed "~ If one could see the machinery of the brain, it would look like a mill." In other words, the mechanical workings would yield no clue as to their meaning.
The next thing to consider is the necessity of something to contemplate, that is, a context [that which the mind is not yet which interacts with the mind] in which the mind exists.
. . . (This will take some preparation)
The answer must lie in the incompleteness of the universe.
There is another relevant fact about the relationship of the brain to the external universe.
Remember my principle of "Logical Congruency"? (Index..."Nature of Existence")
Now, returning to the context for God, recall from "Nature of Existence" that qualitive information presently traverses the universe at ~ 10^39 c. It means that qualitive information from a volume vastly larger than the observable universe (about 10^39 times larger) bears upon all the observable universe within the Hubble radius. This can serve as the context for God.
So our hypothetical personal God is that contained within the Hubble radius and is the context for our minds which are contained within our brains. And the context for God extends out to a volume far greater than the Hubble radius and . . . the mind of our personal God is physically insulated from that context by the physical restriction that no quantitive effects can proceed at greater than light speed.
God becomes ever greater in size and integration until, after the ellapse of an infinite duration, He becomes an infinite impersonal God who comes around that C-shaped figure and keeps those cold logical functions straight while He (the personal God is developing).
How do we justify our contention that the universe of physical matter is conscious?
The Relationship of Man to GodSo, why are we here?
We are embedded in God just as we are embedded in the physical universe.
We are part of the development of God. The physical universe is determined by what is possible and our mental existence determines its worth. If you are good, the universe is good. If you are worthless, the universe is worthless.
And when you die . . . what?
You are taken back into the body of God and become part of God or . . .
Anyway, if the purpose of our qualitive existence is to "test", then it would be at cross purposes if we were able to prove absolutely the existence of God. For then we should have no doubts or anxieties about anything.