Scientists Say They’ve Proved God Exists, And Then It Gets Complicated

Published: October 31, 2013

Scientists Say They’ve Proved God Exists, And Then It Gets Complicated, There is a god. Or so say Christoph Benzmuller and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo, two Berlin-based computer scientists who recently announced they’ve proven a decades-old theory by mathematician Kurt Godel, which makes a case for the existence of God. The theory, known as Godel’s ontological proof, is summed up like this: “God, by definition, is that for which no greater can be conceived. God exists in the understanding. If God exists in the understanding, we could imagine Him to be greater by existing in reality. Therefore, God must exist.”

Did Benzmuller and Paleo lose you there? No wonder, because there’s a whole lot of complicated math that goes into proving the theory, which the duo worked using a simple number-crunching program on a personal computer. The purpose of the exercise was to illustrate how computers have evolved to solve our most complicated problems. We’re just glad they cleared up that whole God question along the way.

Scientists have “proven” God’s existence, at least in theory, by plugging in mathematician Kurt Godel’s philosophy on their MacBooks. As noted by Spiegel Online, however, what the two computer scientists did was more of display of what can be achieved in scientific fields by using greater technology rather than verify the existence of a Supreme Being. The story, however, has become a sensation with headlines like “Scientist Prove Existence of God,” going viral on the Web.

Godel was an Austrian mathematician who, in 1978, left behind a theory, which essentially says that a higher being must exist if people believe He does. Though the mathematics are much more complex, God exists as a concept, than he can exist in reality.

According to CNET via the Inquisitr, the complication theorems and axioms boil down to this: “God, by definition, is that for which no greater can be conceived. God exists in the understanding. If God exists in the understanding, we could imagine Him to be greater by existing in reality. Therefore, God must exist.”

It’s not the first attempt at rationalizing the abstract idea, but computer scientists Christoph Benzmüller of Berlin’s Free University and his colleague, Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical University in Vienna, put a new spin on it, Spiegel Online wrote.

Armed with their MacBooks, the scientific duo showed Godel’s proof was correct. “It’s totally amazing that from this argument led by Gödel, all this stuff can be proven automatically in a few seconds or even less on a standard notebook,” Benzmüller told Spiegel Online.

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