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Friday, January 04, 2008

Paul Proves Deism

Disclaimer: The following is an exercise in philosotainment, and does not in any way reflect the beliefs of the author. It is also filled with logical errors. Mainly he just thought he was being clever.

Deism is the idea that something created the universe, set the rules, and then retired to Florida. The odds are that Deism is true. Why?

Moore's Law states that computer processing power is increasing exponentially, doubling roughly every two years. It is the reason that the computer you are reading this on became obsolete recently. It also means that there is no end in sight as to what we can accomplish with computers.

Currently we have interactive online games like Second Life and Everquest. These on-line worlds are so sophisticated that they even have their own money and real estate (which is worth "real" money). These worlds will only become more sophisticated as time goes on.

We will also eventually create computers which pass the "Turing Test," that is, computers that are indistinguishable from humans.

So, eventually we will be able to create intelligent life, as well as other worlds for that life to exist in. Assuming that we can eventually find a cheap source of renewable energy (solar would be ideal) there is no practical limit to the number of fake worlds and fake people that we could create.

Ergo, for every one real world there are an infinite number of fake worlds that are likely to be created. Moreover, the creation and operation of these fake worlds is likely to fit the definition of "Deist."

So, for any given person, it is almost a certainty (infinity/1) that you exist in a fake computer generated world, and should therefore, be a Deist.


  • Apparently some computer sort of passed the Turing test: it fooled on-line daters.

    So either a computer can handle e-mails and chats or the on-line dating pool is very unimpressive.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 1:58 AM  

  • I think that cloning advancements could also be used as an argument for Intelligent design. Its kind of like, "hey look, this clone has an intelligent designer." The idea that someone sent alien tadpoles into the universe or something and that is the origin of life on Earth is looking better and better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

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