Jakob Boehme, a simple shoemaker born in the 15th century, suddenly realized one day that God,
was a binary, fractal, self-replicating algorithm and that the universe was a genetic matrix resulting from the existential tension created by His desire for self-knowledge.
This is a peculiar, mathematical way of describing the idea of God. Although Boehme did not specifically use those words, the concepts and ideas he used to express his theory equate to the same meaning. Let’s take it piece by piece.
Binary means composed of two parts. So, God is split into two parts that make up a whole. This is the same principle behind the Taoist idea of duality, or ying and yang.
A fractal is something that exhibits self-similarity no matter what scale it is viewed at. Each scale of a fractal does not have to be identical, but they will always be extremely similar. Picture a tree, with branches, which branch off into smaller twigs, which branch off into smaller shoots, which branch off into the main veins of a leaf, which branch off into smaller capillaries. No matter where you view the tree you see a very similar branching structure.
Fractals in math, such as the Mandelbrot set, exhibit self-similarity on all scales ad infinitum. You never reach an ending or beginning point, no matter the scale. In this same way Bohme’s conception of God can be seen as a fractal. No matter the scale of the universe that you view, whether it be the galaxies, or blood cells, you see self-similarity.
A self-replicating algorithm is any type of procedural code that has the ability to make more of itself automatically. Boehme is proposing that the principle laws that govern how God functions involves the ability to self- replicate, or increase in quantity without any outside influence. In this way, God can be thought of as fully self-sufficient. It does not need additional material to create more of itself.
So, we have an infinitely complex and continuous, self-sufficient thing that can be perceived as being composed of opposites. So far, that sounds like an accurate description of the Universe that we are in and of… God if you will.
But how did God, or the Universe according to Boehme’s description, come to be? According to Boehme, the Universe was created so that God could know itself. And as long as we are equating the Universe with God, let’s take it a step further. The Universe came to be because the Universe wanted to know itself.
So, what is the meaning of existence? Why are we here? According to Boehme, so that God (the Universe) can take a nice big look in the mirror. Except the Universe (God) is self sufficient, there is only God, endless fractals of God, there is no mirror outside of God (the Universe) that it can look into. So the Universe came up with a way to look at itself. That’s us. We are the Universe (God) looking at itself. According to Boehme, we are God.
This theory is so incredible because it unifies religion and contemporary quantum theories of the universe with a single stroke of intuition. A man whose education consisted of the Bible and the proper curvature of the sole of a shoe postulated a unifying theory that would influence the future for many great thinkers.
Boehme went on to inspire such minds as Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Willhelm, Philip K. Dick, and Adam Weishaupt. His idea that God could be a binary, fractal, self-replicating algorithm is both highly technical and impressive in the art world. Binary fractal trees are known in the math community to be things of great pattern and beauty. An algorithm that self-replicates is a graceful way of uniting nature and religion.
His work integrates, involves, and unifies kabbalah, alchemy, theosophy, sacred geometry, yin and yang, cosmology, and the theory of enlightenment. To delve further into it check out the sources and resources below!
Boehme, a mind far ahead of it’s time!