British physicists suggest everything we see could have been made by a super smart alien creator – but we’ll never know for sure
LOTS OF clever people in the West stopped believing in God a long time ago.
But they might think again after hearing two top British theoretical physicists suggest our entire universe may have been created by a “super intelligent computer programmer”.
Could the creator of life, the universe and everything actually be a computer programmer?
Professor Brian Cox is one of the nation’s most famous boffins
Professor Brian Cox, a television host and top physicist, and his collaborator Professor Jeff Forshaw of Manchester University have made the astonishing suggestion that our universe could be a simulation built by a mysterious nerdy deity.
The brainboxes have just published a book called Universal: A Journey Through The Cosmos, which tells the story of everything from the Big Bang onwards.
We spoke to the duo to discuss the increasingly fashionable theory that reality is a simulation – a seemingly far-fetched belief that is shared by luminaries including Elon Musk, whose famously said there was a minuscule “one in billions” chance that we are NOT living in a simulation.
Professor Cox, who juggles television or radio work with a job as professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester and a post at CERN, said it was perfectly possible that everything we take for granted is actually a simulation.
He told The Sun Online that if you believe that the universe is actually a mirage created in a computer lab, then you had to assume the human mind was also made in a similar way.
“If you think we are simulated, then you have to accept you have to accept that consciousness can be simulated,” he said.
Professor Jeff Forshaw abd Brian Cox, who are both very clever chaps indeed
“I think it probably can because I don’t see any reason why not.”
Jeff Forshaw, who is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester and taught Cox before they became collaborators and friends, went one step further in his thinking.
He said that it’s perfectly possible that our universe is not the only universe in existence.
The cover of Universal was designed by Peter Saville, who also made album covers for bands including Joy Division
It may be the case that an infinite number of Big Bangs have created an infinite number of “bubble universes” where the laws of physics are totally different – meaning gravity might work in reverse and catapult you into the air or light is slow rather than being super fast.
“If you imagine this has been happening forever, then essentially you have a machine that makes universes,” he said.
“Now suppose this was started by a super intelligent computer programmer, who decided they wanted to make a machine that produces universes.
“This sort of machine is exactly the sort of thing they would make.
“They would build a system that kept on making one universe after another so that all the all the possible ways this would happen are played out in little bubbles.”
An artist’s impression of the Milky Way, humanity’s home galaxy
“This sounds wildly speculative, but it’s [a theory] that a lot of theoretical physicists are taking seriously.
“If I was simulating universes, this is how I would do it.”
We asked Professor Forshaw if this meant God existed.
“I don’t know,” he replied.
“We’re never going to know whether there is some kind of intelligence behind the universe or not.
“In that regard, the role of a creator doesn’t add anything to the physics.”
The two professors also told us that the universe is destined to end in the eternal darkness of “heat death” when all the stars burn out to leave a bleak, featureless void – which sounds a lot like the reality many of us have to endure every day.