On Computationalism: a scientific cosmology; and on the non-sence (non-science) of Theology and Metaphysics.
Anyway, just to clarify the difference between computationalism and theology. Computationalism is a scientific perspective. Theology is not. Combining science with theology is likely to be what most religionists who understand computationalism are likely to do, and it is certainly the case with many theists who are adding-on their religious beliefs to computationalism and presenting them as if science. Theology (i.e., the study of theus or theos, the gods and goddesses or a particular god) is a well-known misnomer (a false definition), as one cannot “study” the gods, since they do not lend themselves to empirical observation.
The dispute between myself and other theists who are presenting their belief systems on the basis of computationalist arguments, has nothing to do with computationalism (which is a scientific perspective). With regards to the prominent cultists who are taking this position, we would have to include the acolytes of the conspiratorialist David Ike, various Christian computationalists and the acolytes of Tom Campbell’s “Theory of Everything.” Campbell simply uses computationalism in order to promote his personal monotheistic and revelationary (revealed by his God apparently) theology, reincarnation beliefs and so forth, however he is certainly far from being the only person who is doing this.
In summary, as an add-on to computationalism, one could add a vast variety or religious beliefs, however, these would just be religious beliefs and nothing to do with computationalism.
My own perspective is that this world is probably caused by a source dimension like our dimension; i.e., a dimension with hardware and software engineers and probably myriads of war games, wargamers and different types of game players. This has nothing to do with monotheism, however, or with theism (miraculous deities) and is of course, a speculative perspective as objective knowledge of the source dimension would seem to be impossible for us.
The following (see hyperlink below) is an essay I wrote in 2011 and there are various versions of this which I was updating over the years and which exists on various Internet discussion forums. Bear in mind that this is simply my own personal and Thelemic perspective on the Kabbalah and that it includes my judgements on various cults and religions. I do not present thus as “objective knowledge” on the basis of computationalism, which would seem to be what Tom is doing.
Computationalism is a scientific perspective. Theology and metaphysics cannot be objectified and cannot be verified by scientists. Theology is generally the written and oral expression of inner belief and subjective experiences, although this can also be expressed in the form of art, architecture, religious ritual, and of course human behaviour.
Lux e tenebris.
“The slaves shall serve”