As a child I went to a CofE primary school. I used to pray to God every night that I could get a rabbit. When I eventually had the opportunity to get a rabbit, I decided not to get one as I preferred my guinea pigs.
I don't remember what this made me think about God at the time - just thought I would share a funny story.
I quite like the debate about virtual reality. It goes something like this.
As our technology develops, we create virtual realities that are closer and closer to physical realties. We create virtual worlds where entities that seem closer and closer to living exist. Things in those virtual worlds are now worth Billions in the real, physical world.
So as this technology develops, is it possible that we will create virtual worlds that are indistinguishable from the real world? Moore's law says that computing power doubles every 18 months - this exponential growth implies that yes, we will be able to do such a thing.
There is no evidence that, when we are able, we will not do so. The likelihood is that we will do, in vast numbers. We will make these things and give them to our kids to play with. There will be billions and billions of them.
If other intelligent beings exisited, would they do this too? Almost certainly - why would they not?
So then the question is - do we actually exisit in the 'real' universe, or one of these billions of virtual universes? Just probability suggests that it is highly unlikely that we live in the 'real' one - we are far more likely to live in one of the billions of virtual universes.
So might we be able to detect this? What would we expect to be able to see? Well, we might expect that some of the fine detail of the virtual world might be fuzzy as the computer struggles to compute the fine detail. At tiny scales, this might start to behave erratically, to do unexpected things - sort of like quantum physics. On a really huge scale, we might start to see odd things too, as the computer stuggles to deal with maintaining the enormous virtual reality - sort of like black holes, dark matter, dark energy etc.
So it seems as though the odds are that we are living in a virtual reality rather than a real universe. Anyone stepping forward to say that the kid that owns the virtual reality game we live in is the 'some sort of god' that people talk about? Any idea whether he is reasonably reliable as regards making certain that the batteries don't go flat?
Nothing I ever heard convinced me into believing in a particular religion. Don't get me wrong, I find the idea of religion very fascinating and think you should be able to believe whatever you want to believe, but I just couldn't apply religion to my personality. It doesn't work.