Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Free Will

Interesting commentary on an important paradox

You gotta love Foxtrot for asking these deep questions:


Complete omniscience (total knowledge of all past, present and future) requires God to know what choices is he going to make in the future before he makes them. All his actions must therefore be preordained, perhaps to his own plan, but fixed nevertheless. Any departure from the preordained sequence of choices God knows about invalidates his omniscience.


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2 comments:

Jeff said...

Good point. I think that proves that either god isn't omniscient, or that prayer is useless (since god already knows what he's going to do, your prayers will not affect his actions).

Personally I think both "Fate" and its evil twin "Free Will" are complete nonsense.

The world (ourselves included) are a big pachinko (aka plinko). Works according to simple laws (no free will), and yet unpredictable (no fate).

tuxracer said...

"or that prayer is useless (since god already knows what he's going to do, your prayers will not affect his actions)"

That is a very good point too. I never thought of that.