Thursday, 14 June 2007

God's Debris

Now we come to the chapter named off the book where the premise for God is stated. [Spoiler alert] God is little bits of matter and probability. We are not to scoff at this idea as:

"Probability is omnipotent and omnipresent. It influences every coin at any time in any place, instantly. It cannot be shielded or altered. ... Probability is the guiding force of everything in the universe, living or nonliving, near or far, big or small, now or anytime." (page 46)

But where ever there is something, there is matter which also means that there is a small force of gravity due to its weight which might in turn be affected by some other object with a greater force. I would say that gravity is just as omnipotent and omnipresent as it effects the living and non-living things all at the same time (and it is also more certain). In fact tossing a coin or rolling a dice wouldn't happen at all if gravity (and other forces) weren't at play. But maybe I am missing the concept.

If the concept of probability is to be taken as omnipresent because where ever you go it is there, you could then say the same thing for 1 + 1 = 2, or any other concept that is true. Although later in this chapter it argues that everything we see is a metaphor because the labels or names that we give things, may not in fact be it's real label because we can not fully understand it. With the idea about not been certain about anything a quote comes to mind:

"... exhaustive knowledge is being confused with certain knowledge. I can have the latter without having the former... This distinction can be made in most areas of our lives, whether we are talking about my knowledge of my spouse, a country to which I have never traveled, football, or even my own personality. We can have confidence in our knowledge about something even if we don't know everything there is to know about that thing." (taken from this article)


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