Michio Kaku’s Mathematical Matrix Theory Spurs New God Debate
One of the world’s most renowned theoretical physicists, Michio Kaku, believes that he has discovered proof that we live in the Matrix; but more importantly, he was speculating that the Matrix is God. The God mentioned by Kaku is not the Abrahamic version you generally hear about in Abrahamic religions; Kaku is speaking specifically toward the idea of the universe being created with intelligence and possibly forethought motivating it. How? Kaku bases his theory on the universally beautiful language of mathematics.
According to reports, Kaku created a mathematical theory that may prove the existence of God. Kaku, one of the revolutionary scientists who helped create String Theory, came to this conclusion by making use of what he calls the “primitive semi-radius tachyons,” which are theoretical particles believed to be capable of unsticking the Universe matter or the vacuum of space between particles of matter. From here, they leave everything else free from being influenced by the universe that exists around them.
While developing this new theory, Kaku says that he found evidence that the universe was the work of intelligence, rather than Spinoza’s God, who works through unintelligent determinism or dynamic nature (everything that happens is random and is a necessary result of all things that happened before it). Whereas Spinoza’s God is incapable of operating with forethought, Kaku’s God implies that intelligent forethought is practically necessary due to the rules that the universe must adhere to or it will be destroyed. He likens this intelligence with the Matrix.
“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence,” the scientist said. “Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore. To me it is clear that we exist in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”
This makes me wonder if this means that Kaku believes in (or at least supports the possibility) of the Abrahamic version of God, which reports that God is omnipotent. Kaku’s God represents the ‘intelligence’ within the creation of the universe, or perhaps implies that the universe itself is intelligent. However, this intelligent God is very much representative of Spinoza’s God which is a sort of deification of the laws of the universe itself. It sounds as if Kaku’s God brings philosopher’s closer to meeting in the middle somewhere with a variation of intelligent design. In combining Kaku’s intelligent universe with Spinoza’s dynamic universe, you end up with a universe that exists and behaves intelligently within, and of itself.
What Kaku’s Theory Implies about the Nature of God
Kaku’s God, when coupled with Spinoza’s God, provides us with two necessary tools that are vital to understanding the nature of the universe and how it works. If you forget the use of the term God to mean a deity of superhuman origins, you can better position yourself to imagine a different scenario. In combining Kaku and Spinoza’s Gods’ you get the intelligence at work within nature and the methods that are used for carrying out those seemingly intelligent actions (i.e., you can see the intelligence that led to the post big bang events that jump-started creation, and the method that this intelligence used to accomplish it. The only thing missing from here is the purpose or intent behind these actions (if one believes that creation involved forethought). On its own, Kaku’s mathematical Matrix proves nothing in terms of whether or not if Abrahamic versions of God exists, but it does provide its own variation on intelligent design, just not the source of the intelligence itself. That is best debated later by philosophers and Gnostics than here.
Without being able to establish the source of the intelligence postulated to be behind creation, the term ‘God’ is a very misleading one in this case and I can’t help wondering if the term was used as a tool to draw attention to the idea. The matrix or God that Kaku speaks of is not necessarily a physical being, so much as it is the intelligent aspect of creation. He doesn’t actually say that God exists, he basically implies that God must exist for such intelligence to be so clearly on display in the way the universe behaves. Since the specific tachyons he mentions don’t exist either, his theory amounts to little more than conjecture at this point, but it is a theory worth considering. In measuring Kaku’s matrix against Spinoza’s God, we are given a clear path to follow for future debates on the subject.
The point is that even while Kaku did not manage to ‘prove’ that there is a God, he did manage to propose a hypothesis that is worth talking about. With a new book on the way, the marketing aspect is certainly on point because we are certainly talking about Kaku. If one is interested in Kaku’s matrix, it is worth noting that he isn’t the first cosmologist that broached the subject. In fact, the theory of a mathematically perfect universe was first postulated by Max Tegmark, who stated that:
Our external physical reality is a mathematical structure. That is, the physical universe is mathematics in a well-defined sense, and “in those [worlds] complex enough to contain self aware substructures [they] will subjectively perceive themselves as existing in a physically ‘real’ world”
While Kaku certainly has added his own spin to the concept with his tachyon hypothesis, the matrix concept is not a new one. Regardless of Kaku’s intentions behind such spectacular claims made in his matrix theory, and the fact that the theory has too many strictly theoretical aspects to be taken seriously, Kaku’s theory does offer a broader aspect of potential study for philosophers. Perhaps that was really his goal.