Modern Binary Code, I Ching Hexagrams, and Reality

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What you’re looking at above looks like it could very easily be a representation of computer code. Actually, it’s the 64 hexagrams of the 5000-year-old system of the I Ching.

Many modern scientific thinkers would view the ancient hexagrams found in the I Ching (Book of Changes) to be a product of superstitious thought. How can our reality possibly be divined by tossing coins or other tools and drawing lines?

They probably don’t realize that binary code, the very basis of modern computing, is is derived from those very hexagrams. What does this tell us about these hexagrams and their relation to reality?

In the late 17th century, mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz wanted to devise a simpler mathematical system to replace the decimal system. Leibniz found his answer in the pages of the I Ching. The either or probabilities of the I Ching were the equivalent of using a 1 and a 0 to describe anything. The I Ching also purported to help the user demystify the complexities of the universe and make the information contained within usable to the practitioner.

The parallels between the 1 and 0 and Yin and Yang are readily apparent. They are polar opposites, light and dark, on and off, positive and negative. The ancient purveyors of the I Ching believed the hexagrams described all of reality, while modern binary code is used to describe all of reality in the virtual world of computers. Binary code can literally be used to define numbers, letters, images, music. They are all represented by some mix of 1s and 0s. Similarly, the universe is a constant mix and interaction between yin and yang. That’s leaving out the appearance of the hexagrams, which is reminiscent of computer code.

As you see below, the hexagrams are constructed of broken and unbroken lines. Compare them to the 1s and 0s in binary code.

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If the ancient Chinese philosophers were correct and the hexagrams literally contain within them the entire universe and binary code is born from those hexagrams, does that mean that the hexagrams represent a kind code from which the universe is literally built?

That may seem like a stretch for skeptical or evidence-based readers, but not so fast. Physicist James Gates stated a few years ago that he’d discovered computer code in the equations in super-string theory. This is one of our latest theories that attempts to define the nature of reality.

Our modern binary code is the basis of all the artificial intelligence and virtual worlds we are creating today. Could the ancient hexagrams of the I Ching be evidence that what we think of as reality is also constructed of a different version of 1s and 0s and is that evidence that we live in an artificially generated simulation?

These are big questions and we should not jump to quick answers. That said, we should also not dismiss ancient wisdom as readily as we are prone to do. The ancients may have known things about the nature of reality that we have forgotten.

The very existence of the I Ching is shrouded in mystery. There are figures associated with the writing of the book and the hexagrams, but the knowledge and wisdom that underlies the system and its source are mysteries. Who could have designed a system that defines the entirety of existence from variations of 64 hexagrams. It’s simple and vastly complex all at the same time.

One thing is for sure. We are slowly learning that everything we’re learning and creating today may very well be a recreation of the reality which we ourselves live.

Ray Davis
for 6 Sense Media