Monday, May 10, 2010

Alternative Worlds

I was interested in the discussion on Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosities about The Omega Point. This is the point to which all light will eventually converge and so, rather than being able to put it in a museum, the panel reached the conclusion that they should put the museum in it. It encompasses all possible alternatives and all possible worlds. Even if everything that can happen does happen The Omega Point still contains it.

It left me with the vaguely awkward feeling that somewhere there might be a world where Margaret Thatcher said something right but... No, it's too far fetched.

According to Wikipedia:

'In this (Omega Point) theory, the universe is constantly developing towards higher levels of material complexity and consciousness, a theory of evolution that Teilhard (de Chardin) called the Law of Complexity/Consciousness. For Teilhard, the universe can only move in the direction of more complexity and consciousness if it is being drawn by a supreme point of complexity and consciousness.

'Thus Teilhard postulates the Omega Point as the supreme point of complexity and consciousness, which is not only as the term of the evolutionary process, but is also the actual cause for the universe to grow in complexity and consciousness. In other words, the Omega Point exists as supremely complex and conscious, independent of the evolving universe. I.e., the Omega Point is transcendent. In interpreting the universe this way, Teilhard kept the Omega Point within the orthodox views of the Christian God, who is transcendent (independent) of his creation.

'Teilhard argued that the Omega Point resembles the Christian Logos, namely Christ, who draws all things into himself, who in the words of the Nicene Creed, is 'God from God', 'Light from Light', 'True God from true God,' and 'through him all things were made...'

Make what you wish of this theory but it does give a rather cunning answer to evolutionary scientists such as Richard Dawkins who insist that God cannot be a prime cause of life because life develops from the simple to the complex. Mr D. You're looking for God in the wrong direction.

In case anyone isn't aware, The Museum of Curiosities is a comedy programme.

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