20th August 2006 - 12:03 AM
I tend to think it's actually the various 'I's that effectively place restrictions on what the universe can be.
Imagine a multiverse with an infinite number of possible universes, some controlled, some chaotic, some self destructing in less than a second, some as absolute voids etc.
Whether or not these are controlled or simply randomly created from infinite possibilities, there seem limits on what can be consciously observed within one. If you have a universe that's entirely controlled by some external force, then this seems to preclude free will (you decide whether or not it's an illusion) and if the laws of nature are such that a violent heat death occur every few seconds, then it seems unlikely anything as complex as a brain or communication within a society will result from this. In the absolute voids, there's nothing to see anyway so I doubt anyone would 'stick around' to watch nothing etc.
So, it's not necessarily a god controlling everything, or it may very well be the case, but the limits and circumstances we experience are a selected subset that are simply a product of the biases we have to our observations and not necessarily anything a multiverse is limited to.
If you wanted, you could have both a god creating everything, including uncontrolled systems of chaotic evolution and it would be only the 'creations' capatible with yourself that you could witness. So for example, you necessarily dictate that a universe you experience has you in it. If a god created a universe that excluded you, then in many ways you, simply by being yourself, would be the thing determining that if you're anywhere, you're somewhere else instead.
I tend to think that for you to physically exist, you necessarily have to be reflected in some physical manner and detectable as such. Without an ability to affect anything physically, how could anyone detect 'you'? And if they can detect you in some physical fashion, then you must have some physical control and thus your control isn't replaced by something else and that god would not be omnipotently controlling everything. So in many ways, you determine the circumstances of your own universe, and whether or not other universes exist that are determined by other factors may very well be forever beyond your ability to witness (then again, maybe not ... it's a bit tough trying to nail down concrete reality from existential ideas though it's an addicting level of fun trying