The Living Thing / Notebooks : Cosmology

Anthropic principles, unverses-as-simulations, dreams in the minds of god etc.

Was the universe a hologram or a simulation? Was its boundary a program, or merely an interface? And if the latter, what sat on the other side watching it run? A few latter-day religions had predictably answered that question with the names of their favourite deities. Brüks had never been entirely clear on what an omniscient being would need a computer for. Computation, after all, implied a problem not yet solved; insights not yet achieved. There was really only one sort of program for which foreknowledge of the outcome didn’t diminish the point of the exercise. And Brüks had never been able to find any religious orders which described God as a porn addict.

—Peter Watts, Echopraxia.