Quoted articles taken from the below post in Infinite Bubble's "The universe and other nonsense" thread:
The universe and other nonsense
Perhaps God as depicted in the Bible is our own construct, but there could be other beings out there that may qualify as having God-powers.Originally posted here. This part hypothesizes and assumes that God does not exist as a real entity in reality outside of the human mind, rather, treats it as a subjective concept created and maintained in the human psyche. (Later parts will contain speculation revolving around the premise that God exists in objective reality, in whatever form that may be.)
Well, I'm about to give you some right here.Oh, and if anyone has any thoughts on anything written in any of the posts, I would be very interested to read them!
I think that higher intelligences exist, but they guide us in very indirect ways; sages and mystics would simply tune into their messages, but whether we take action to follow our visions or feelings is up to us - God can only open the door.God fills an emotional role when humans feel backed into a corner. Their conscious or subconscious longing for help within their situation transforms the concept into a sentient being capable of understanding and with the ability to help. Humans’ instinct for safety and desire of easily of getting through difficulties gives God the powers it is known to have, which are incredibly idealistic. At such a point where the human asks for Gods help, the instinct is pushed to the limit, and so wants help with no effort on their part, because at this point they feel helpless. God is a form of idealism which means that not only is our desire for security fulfilled, but also that there is an objective reason for existence; because the fact there really isn’t one unsettles us from the need to know why things happen (evolutionary trait).
I won't deny that many perceived miracles could have purely natural explanations that we falsely ascribe to a divine being, but we still shouldn't rule out the possibility that some miracles have God's hand as at least a partial cause.This “God effect” is a concept routed into the subconscious. The experience explained above would in fact dictate action towards securing back equilibrium, but this is not on Gods part. The subconscious often takes up action to subtly gain the individuals desire, in a minute way. This comes quickly or slowly, depending on the individuals mind. The Placebo effect sometimes takes a role in this, particularly with prayers. Action is taking in the physical realm, usually subconsciously, to solve the problem. The end result is usually attributed to God (if the subject is believer).
Under a linear view of time, this idea would work; causes would transform into effects in a never ending chain for infinity. However, that's just time and causality as we know them. Perhaps there's so much more to the ways of evolution across space-time than we can even begin to comprehend. As such, I don't jump to conclusions regarding what is and what isn't possible, what can or can't be caused.The concept of God itself comes from an astute awareness gained from intellect that we have been created and are in existence. Reality in human perception dictates that we follow the laws of cause and effect, and with the habit of anthropomorphism, together make up a view that something akin to ourselves (which is essentially what many conceptions of Gods are – an all-powerful superhuman) must have created the universe. We are, after all, creative beings ourselves.
Of course, why would God be invented if he couldn't give us some blessings?Here is a recent theory I thought of not too long ago, which does well to tie in to the above, but may explain more about the core elements of why God is a concept in our minds in the first place, rather than describing the effect it has:
God then is an end, and we're trying to build bridges to reach that divine platform, even if we never arrive; the value is in the journey of expansion and evolution.God is a fundamental concept of the human mind, something deep-rooted ever since a certain level of intelligence was reached. Created originally as a side-effect due to our intellect, the concept of God is our projection of evolutionary perfection, and because of our sufficiently advanced minds, we are conscious of this (but only as it coated as God, rather than the underlying perfection, which is unconscious).
I see perfection as something that has all promise, can fulfill any wish. I say this because what we each see as perfect is different, so if something can give us anything, perhaps it could get closer towards qualifying as "perfect".The first thing to address would be, what is meant specifically by "evolutionary perfection". After all, surely perfection as a concept in itself is subjective. But in this case, it is not - or, as a different perspective, it is a collective subjectivity (which may very well be synonymous to objectivity). Human beings have certain universal traits, one which covers every single one of us in existence. And this is unavoidable, until a large amount of time has passed and large mutational catalysts occur to change the underlying state of each human (perhaps at this point it would be more appropriate to not name them Homo sapiens at all, but a new stage of development).
Of course life fights to survive, and that's the law of the jungle; but what if the natural order is corrupted, something we need to rise above and purify? Surely evolution would be a means to achieve this end, assuming my theory is true and can be transcended.Over time, we have been able to map out the evolutionary processes of the animals on Earth. From this, we can see that the main "aim" for life is to survive. This primary instinct may stem from a natural disposition that cells have, to remain as cells. That is - they want stability; to remain in the same state, and to not break apart and be inanimate once more. Perhaps this is a repulsion against the universe's natural operation of constantly changing its state and being in flux indefinitely. It's almost as if the product of that first reaction, that created life, was "aware" of the fact that it had just a little extra free-will than the inanimate forms that lay around it. Is a state of animation fundamentally greater for matter than inanimation? Reproduction is first priority, as it is essentially copying itself, and that means that "itself" will remain alive, and thus remain stable and nonfluctuating. Perhaps a fundamental trait or law of this universe is that matter "wants" to stay in the same state for as long as possible, until a force acts upon it. Although now I feel I've wandered from the main point slightly, so let's get back to that.
Keep in mind that our greatest achievements may not only be in controlling our objective contexts, but also in exploring our subjective realities, namely inner space and metaphysical transcension.So - to survive, is to defend against opposition. To be powerful, to never be overcome by rivaling forces. Complete control over the environment. From this, we can define evolutionary perfection as a life-form being maximally powerful and being in thorough control of its environment. A life-form that will never die, that has no rivals to fear. That first cell's desire would be finally met - an eternal state; an eternal state without opposition, and with the highest amount of freedom that the universe will allow. As said before, Humans are naturally creative beings - it's what has made us so successful and separates us from other animals. So what would be the ultimate in controlling the environment? What would assure that nothing would ever escape our sight and be our downfall - something we could understand on all levels? It would not merely be being the most successful creatures in the environment, but to actually own an environment. By this, I mean, to create our own. And here, the essence of God lies. Only by creating a universe of our own, would we be able to be completely immune to all dangers; because we'd know everything there is to know about it.
There's no way to say the Ultimate God of the Universe is a person, a force, a mind, a metaphor for the laws of nature, or whatever else we can think of; I think your point here makes sense - one thing I disagree about is your lack of faith and your intense focus on pure rationalism. I'm very much for those concepts, but I also think that they alone are incomplete. Surely there's so much more to our world than this mechanical matrix.This is why God is universally ladled with human traits - because God is us. What we want to be. But like the previous section stated, we use it for guidance and help, and again - stability. We want love and acceptance, the reassurance that we aren't alone, and that something is beyond death. Humans naturally want other humans for support. And God, the ultimate human, is our ultimate help. It has an infinite amount of powers and can do anything for us, and keeps the optimism alive that something is beyond death - that someday, we (our genes; future generations) will progress to that stage. A parent of all parents.