2011 May 01 Sunday
Monotheism Versus Polytheism

What the question of monotheism versus polytheism really comes down to: Did a single software developer write the software for the universe simulation that we exist in? Or was it a team?

One can get into a semantic argument when trying to answer that question: If a single person put the universe together from some already existing simulation components then should we credit the developers of the components as also being our Creators?

Okay, it gets even weirder: Suppose the universe creator was just one developer in a company and he created it but did so to fulfill requirements created by his bosses. Is the Creator really a minor deity figure? What if the Creator isn't even the current maintainer? In a simulated universe the polytheism-monotheism question might yield a rather complex answer if we only had a way to access the answer.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 May 01 02:44 PM  Religion

Jehu said at May 1, 2011 5:37 PM:

Imagine you're a game piece in a souped-up Civilization game being played by some geeky graduate student putting off finishing his dissertation. Trying to grok what that graduate student wants is theology. Trying to understand the mind of the game designer would be a few more steps meta from that. It is an exercise to the reader to analyze the Bible and explain how orthodox Christian theology differs from that of a simulation. Here's a hint, a lot of the bedrock concepts of Christianity make a lot more sense when you view it from a game designer metaphor---e.g. creator, ruler, and SUSTAINER of the universe.

Steve Sailer said at May 2, 2011 2:23 AM:

Off topic, but:

Off topic, but:

It turns out that the USA was scammed for years by Pakistanís Deep State. They were hiding Osama for years in the bosom of the Pakistani national security apparatus while collecting billions from Uncle Sucker while the pretended to search for him in the Northwest Territories. Hereís a map showing how close the bin Laden compound is to the Pakistan Military Academy:


Stephen said at May 2, 2011 2:27 AM:

I'll be totally pissed off if the creator is just some pathetic cog in a company that designs universes. I'd much prefer to have been created by a monotheist God - an indie software designer.

check it out said at May 2, 2011 2:19 PM:

Either way, getting to know "God" or the "Gods" seems useless as he -or them- continue to be evidently absent or what's worse, evil to allow things to become the way they are without doing nothing. Suffering continues to be equally real even if the universe is a kind of "Matrix".

I think that "God" doesn't exist, but if he existed we would have to kill him or at least put him in some sort of jail for a good while.

If everything must have a beginning then God must have a beginning, if -on the other hand- there can be something without a beginning then it could've happened the same with the universe as with a supposed "god"

check it out said at May 2, 2011 2:29 PM:

"Off topic, but:"

It's actually interesting that you bring up the topic of Obama Bin Laden. Or is it Joe Laden? I mean Osama Joe Biden. Is it Biden or Laden?
I got it! It's Barak Hussein. Or is it Saddam Hussein? Wait, wait, Barak Hussein Osama?

Hmmm Oh Sam, I've been Laden! or is it Oh Sam, I've been Lied-to?

Gosh I'm now gettin all the good guys and the evil guys all mixed up. It's become all so blurry for me after 911.

Randall Parker said at May 2, 2011 9:33 PM:

We really were suckered in a big way by the Pakistanis.

Lou Pagnucco said at May 3, 2011 7:36 AM:

On the off-topic --

Things to consider before believing -

Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman, Yellowcake, Babies thrown from incubators, Weapons of mass destruction, Operation Northwoods, those 100K Iraqi troops massed at Saudi border, Tonkin, Mockingbird, staged statue topplings, Viet Nam body counts, US Counterinsurgency Manual's False flag instructions (courtesy Wikileaks), Colin Powell's "evidence", Arab-garbed British troops with bombs, Noriega, Operation Ajax, Photo Shopped Balkan War prison camps, faked videos, ad infinitum/nauseum ...

On topic -- Maybe all logically consistent universes exist?

check it out said at May 3, 2011 2:24 PM:

By the way, which of the four or five "Osamas" was the one killed?

Does this mean that the "war on terror" is over?

Are we finally getting rid of all the crotch grabbing from the guys at the airports and cameras in the bathrooms?

Osama Bin Laden; what a fictional creation! Just like Tron or Tony Montana.

Why is it that nobody in the world buys all that crap? For example:


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