Microcosmic God

jill caporlingua - looking at the last day

“You look real enough to me.”

In 1941 Theodore Sturgeon published a short story called Microcosmic God. This legendary bit of sci-fi was about a scientist named Kidder who created a microscopic world inhabited by people living at a highly accelerated rate. As their god, Kidder controlled their environment and forced them to produce a “fast future” filled with advanced technology that he could apply to the larger world.

What was it like to live in the microscopic world? The story doesn’t go into that topic much, but is it possible that WE are living in such a world? Or maybe some kind of simulation?

A recent story in the NY Times says this is a possibility. At the very least, this theory answers the question, “Why are there so many bad things in the world?”

Maybe we are part of an experiment. Maybe someone wants to see how we handle stress. Maybe someone is “up there” having conversations about it.

“Let’s have them invent a diet loaded with nachos and ice cream and see if they can stop eating it.”

“Let’s have them build an ‘internet’ and see how much time they waste staring at little screens.”

“Let’s have them start a war that kills millions and see if they learn anything.”

“Hey, they didn’t learn anything.”

I think there’s something very strange going on, and we don’t have a clue.

6 thoughts on “Microcosmic God

  1. David Gittlin


    I read the linked article in your post. The central question seems to be, “what is the underlying reality of our existence?” Is it a computer simulation or something else? I believe it is something else. I’ve taken the red pill. Will let you know what I find out. May take awhile, though. Stay tuned.

    1. happyjoe Post author

      Yeah, I tend to think it’s something else. If you find the answer, post it on your blog! By the way, Microcosmic God is a great story – check it out if you get the chance.

  2. bill bonner

    We’re so much involved with trying to figure things out – searching for an aha moment, when maybe to breathe, look, listen and feel is enough.

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