Re: Why atheism beats agnosticism

Scott Badger (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 12:30:43 -0500

Henri Kluytmans wrote:

>OK, but the least thing a creator could do is to check if
>sentient entities occur in his simulation (e.g. universe).
>If so, he (/she/it) could make backup copies of their states
>just prior to their destruction. The saved backup copies could
>then be restored in a separate simulation (heaven/hell?).
But isn't it possible that a superior being might not view us as sentient
enough to bother with? Perhaps we overestimate our importance or
significance in the universe. If I were driving down the road, I would
certainly swerve to avoid hitting a dog. How about a turtle....yeah, OK.
How about a worm or an ant...ehhh, don't think so.

If I was god I would certainly concern myself with the dogs and the turtles
of the universe even if they were a lot less sentient than me, but I would I
feel responsible for the painful experiences of the lower life forms? In
other words, what if we're at the worm level on the universal sentience
scale relatively speaking?

Scott Badger
Might we not our level of sentience as significant enough