From: "scerir" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> P.C.W. Davies asked: "At one time people used to believe
> that God explained the universe. It seems now that these laws
> of physics are almost playing the role of God - that they're
> omnipotent and omniscent".
Genetic algorithms + Organic chemistry + Darwinian evolution = G.O.D.
> R. P. Feynman said: "On the contrary. God was always invented
> to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things
> that you do not understand. Now when you finally discover how
> something works, you get some laws which you're taking away
> from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the
> other mysteries ... God is always associated with those things
> that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think the laws can be
> considered to be like God because they have been figured out."
This "God" could impersonate the Inexplicable Supreme Fascist...
> [P.C.W. Davies and J. Brown,
> Superstrings: A Theory of Everything?
> Cambridge U.P., 1988, page 208.]
Hooray for Superstrings. Every orchestra should have 'em.
> I like The Unexplained.
Me too. It ain't science, but it ain't religiosity either.
Useless hypotheses, etc.:
consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA
Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
(Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)
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