The Mind in the Matrix – Robert Wiles

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Origin of Meaning

The new information paradigm bridging science and Christianity

“If you want to generate meaningful information you need to have an intelligent mind.”

“The problem with the universe is that it’s specified by these mathematical laws and they’re very precise. Where there’s code there has to be an intelligent mind to write the code.”

“The only entity I know of that could have written the code before the universe began is God.”

This from an Australian doctor who has come up with a scientific way to introduce ‘soul and spirit’ to those who oppose the idea of Christianity.

What you are about to read or hear about, or both, is an information model of the universe.

Lack of meaning the biggest youth mental health issue

Robert Wiles, who’s a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at Australian National University, released a book a few years ago called ‘The Information Paradox’.

To follow it up Robert intends to release a simplified version of the 400 paged book, to be called ‘The Mind in the Matrix: The Origin of Meaning.’

But when it’s all boiled down, Robert believes the reason behind mental health being the biggest issue effecting young Australians today is lack of meaning.

This is occurring as people reject God and as a consequence, they cannot understand why their lives are now meaningless.

From Robert’s knowledge and understanding, information is real and it can be used to reach across from the material world to the non-material.

Robert hopes this shortened version of ‘The Information Paradox’ to be released early next year, will reach those who are not scientists and who want to understand the basics about information.

What is Information, pray tell?

“No one can actually tell you exactly what information is. We know it’s essential and in fact our current age is named after it,” Robert informed, saying we can’t do a thing each day without relying on information and manipulating it.

“For a long time people used it without realising what they were doing. We now know it’s essential.”

Robert said we can think of information in the same way we think about a code.

“You can think of it like Morse code or the code that’s in the DNA of all our cells and without that code there is no meaning.”

Robert came to this realisation as he was simplifying the book, The Information Paradox.

“It actually came from our youth pastor who said, ‘I want a simplified version I can give to the youth group’ and talk to the people he was talking to. That got me onto the idea of ‘What can I chop out?’”

Robert realised he couldn’t chop out the ideas but he could rephrase them in different ways.

Mathematics models the universe precisely

“So instead of talking about advanced physics I talk about our mathematical universe. It struck me that the whole universe can be described by mathematics,” Robert explained.

“But people like Einstein said, ‘That shouldn’t be so.’ That’s very remarkable if the universe, as many scientists would like to portray it, is an accident or a happenstance of history, then why should precise mathematics be able to model the universe?”

In fact, mathematics doesn’t just roughly model it, it model’s the universe precisely.

Robert said there’s been quite a few scientists throughout history who’ve predicted things through the mathematical modelling that has been found to be true when they actually look at the universe.

“And that shouldn’t be possible!” Robert stressed.

But what of the connection between people who have faith in God and this mathematical model of the universe? Robert began to answer the question using his line, that meaning in the universe can only come through information.

“If you think of a rock in a paddock, the rock has no meaning in itself. There’s information that specifies its composition, but as itself as a rock or even a lightning bolt, these things can do things in the universe or in the world, but they don’t have meaning in themselves.”

Information is non-material but relevant

Robert added that if you want meaning you need to have information.

“But information is non-material and I’ve dealt with that comprehensively in the first book.”

“So non-material information is relevant and people who say ‘there can only be material entities’, they fall over at the start when we talk about an information universe or an information age,” Robert shared.

“Because meaning can only come from non-material sources, information has to be written by something.”

Robert reminded us of when we did a project at school or at work the project never appeared on your desk the next morning if you didn’t actually do the work the night before.

“You had to put some intelligent effort into making that report or homework happen. In the universe it’s the same thing.”

Something, someone had to write that code

“If you want to generate meaningful information you have to have an intelligent mind.”

“The problem with the universe is that the universe is specified by these mathematical laws and they’re very precise. Where there’s code there has to be an intelligent mind to write the code.”

Robert is getting to the core of matter.

“The sense that we think the laws of the universe occurred or happened from the beginning of the universe, something before the formation of the universe had to write that code.”

“The only entity I know of that could have written the code before the universe began is God.”

Robert Wiles calls this Information ‘common currency’ between science and faith. This helps reveal the many things in common believers have with non-believers.

Materialism is only half of the answer

“For the materialists that’s all real. God created the heavens and the earth and He said they were good. So we acknowledge that materialism is correct but it’s not all there is.

“We have to say materialism is only half of the answer. We need the other half as well which is the information.”

The universe, the information, the common currency, the code, the code writer, the intelligence, the grand designer, together linked by a common currency, join all the dots to God.

If it sounds cold and scientific, think of beauty, truth and goodness, things not measurable by data.

“Most people would acknowledge there is such a thing as beauty. But most attempts to describe beauty in mathematical terms or scientific ways have failed.”

“But, how do you describe love in terms of mathematics?”

‘The more we find, the more we don’t understand’

Robert said we experience it and we know these things happen but someone who is purely materialist cannot describe love in material terms.

“So we have to say they’re non-material entities. Non-materialism is something we have to grapple with even if we don’t understand it properly.”

“The more I’ve looked into this, the more I realise I don’t understand,” was Robert’s honest confession.

He said the further science drills down into trying to understand the universe the more we find out that we don’t understand yet.

“In overview the universe can be said to be material and non-material, but in the finer detail it is utterly amazing!” exclaimed Robert Wiles.

But no one really understands what the universe is made from.

An information fabric underlies the space / time fabric

“Even though we have deep space that’s supposed to be void, empty of nearly everything including matter and energy. And yet out of that void where there’s almost nothing, particles can appear out of nowhere.”

“They’re called phantom particles. They can come, appear, then a fraction of a second later they can re-combine and disappear into nowhere again. So the scientists say, ‘It’s a void but that void must be made up of something.”

Robert spoke of the Higgs boson particle, some call ‘The God particle’ discovered in 2013. After that discovery it’s thought that underneath this void, what they call the fabric of the universe, is something that makes it up and they think the Higgs bosons fundamental particles are a part of that.

“My question is, what are the Higgs bosons made from and how can they determine the universe?”

“It’s my hypothesis if you like, that information underlies the fabric of the universe and in the new book I describe how there’s an information fabric that underlies the space / time fabric of the universe because the space / time fabric just can’t exist in isolation.”

Robert said it has to be made out of something but no one quite knows what it is yet.

Footnote:

More about Robert Wiles and The Information Paradox.

Robert Wiles is a medical doctor and part-time lecturer at Australian National University. 

In The Information Paradox, Wiles outlines his views on the fundamental flaws in Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Wiles goes into great detail about the characteristics of cells and their requirements for life. His medical background helped lend credibility to this section, and he presents strong arguments.

He conducts a thought experiment on the simplest possible cell, and concludes it was very unlikely to have “emerged” from a lucky combination of chemicals, and certainly couldn’t have reproduced itself (a requirement for life to continue) without some external “help”. This “help” would have involved some pre-existing complex information (the key narrative of his book). How else would the cell “know” how to form all of its parts in the right places, perform all of its functions at the right time, live for a while, then reproduce itself?

Amazon’s ‘Information Paradox’ introduction:

Energy, matter and time have been recognized as fundamental entities for nearly 100 years but now a fourth entity, Information, is being viewed in a similar way. Yet although we live in the Information Age, very few books have been written specifically about it. This is the first paradox. This book explores the information within life, the mind and the Universe, demonstrating not only that information is another fundamental entity but that it is the entity from which all the others are built.

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