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Messages - LMNO, PhD (life continues)

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Universalists are pretty cool.

I'm more and more inclined to go with the idea that God is the universe.

That sounds to me like you're saying god exists as a set of physical laws.  That seems to both reduce god from godhood (because god would have the same limitations as the physical laws), as well as simply being a semantic substitution for said laws.

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When I go deeper (because, oddly enough, I've been re-reading LessWrong's Quantum Physics sequence), the Universe, and everything in it, are amplitudes in configuration space.  So what you appear to be saying is that God is a wave function, no more and no less.

The no more and no less is up for debate. 

But I tend to agree with the universalists that a God would have to exist OUTSIDE of the rules (and thus the universe), because the universe's rules don't allow omniscience or omnipotence (athough omnipresence would be implied).

Understood.  And that's the part that usually throws me.  I get the omniscience, because QM doesn't allow for individuality among functions (see: the "it's all the same electron" theory).  But the omnipotence... I just don't see it as either evident nor necessary.  The way I reason through it, if the universe allowed an occurence outside of the physical laws, then the physical laws, by their very nature of describing the universe, would have to contain that occurence.  You can't accurately describe how reality behaves and not be able to allow or describe "miracles".

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Also, Uranus is in retrograde.

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Universalists are pretty cool.

I'm more and more inclined to go with the idea that God is the universe.

That sounds to me like you're saying god exists as a set of physical laws.  That seems to both reduce god from godhood (because god would have the same limitations as the physical laws), as well as simply being a semantic substitution for said laws.

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When I go deeper (because, oddly enough, I've been re-reading LessWrong's Quantum Physics sequence), the Universe, and everything in it, are amplitudes in configuration space.  So what you appear to be saying is that God is a wave function, no more and no less.

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Yeah, basically I told him that it's not his fault, but that we need to find a way to spend time together that doesn't end in sleep deprivation.

Or at least not the wrong kind of sleep deprivation, ifyaknowwhatimean.

 :uday:

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Looking good!

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:02:49 pm »
Is it wrong to ask a L14 smurf to smash a green portal with absolutely idiotic links that's fucking up my business?

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Hold on, that nimrod gets two accounts?

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Ah, that sucks, Nigel.  If I'm asleep, then nothing much bothers me.  But if I'm trying to get to sleep, any little thing will keep me up. 

I hope he finds the couch comfortable.

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Alternadly, enjoy the other's willing participation in your deranged fantasy.  Just, put a shirt on next time mnkay? :lulz:

Wow.  You're an asshole.  Way to go.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:20:18 am »
Perhaps this is way too blunt and simplistic for the level of conversation currently in the thread, but was all this inevitable, or would most of it not have happened without Desert Storm?

Part of me feels that eventually there would be some sort of power vacuum in the region that could start everything rolling, but W just kicked it off sooner.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: OK, so this is odd
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:15:43 am »
What's weird is that gout can be treated and maintained very easily with Colchicine and Allopurinol.  I mean, I have gout, and I go out to the GAY BAR almost every weekend.

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You don't need a conspiracy when the system is biased in your favor.

Permission to Big Words this? It is distilled perfection.

Absolutely.

Sure, it looks like a happy coincidence,

But it's not a coincidence, and it's not the machinations of a cabal.  It's how the Machine™ behaves.

And this, my friends, is at the heart of Systems Science.

Systems Science?

*runs off to google*

This totally would have been my major in college.  And my future would have been WAAAAY different.  Still, I can't complain.  My life is good.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Ingress
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:53:08 am »
It does take on an "everything is transient" philosophy, eventually.  I'm starting to feel the rhythm.  I don't have an obsessive need (as much) anymore, and rush out when "my" portals are attacked.  I'll get 'em at lunch, and then again when I go home.

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"austerity".

The rich aren't getting richer, so everyone else must suffer. 

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