Accept the past. Live for the present. Look forward to the future. Robot Fusion
"As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance." John Wheeler
"[A] scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." Richard Feynman
"[P]etabytes of  data is not the same thing as understanding emergent mechanisms and structures." Jim Crutchfield
I voted "no" because, while I feel there is more to the universe and existence than what is strictly empirical, "higher" is a comparative term insinuating the existence of something separate from the universe.
In plain terms, I believe more along the lines of the Buddha being the universe than a God/Allah/etc. character who up and created himself a universe.
Dost thou love Life? Then do not squander Time; for that's the Stuff Life is made of.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, June 1746 --