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  1. #1 Would such a being count as God? 
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    Suppose that roughly 30,000 years ago, an extremely intelligent alien from an extremely technologically advanced civilization came to Earth, and decided he wanted to take control of humanity. He does it exactly as "God" from religion describes.
    This being has the ability to tune in to our thoughts, and can answer prayers to him.
    This being has a database of all human consciousness on it, and when a person dies, he can turn their consciousness back on in the database and make him experience heaven, hell, or whatever he pleases.
    He has all the abilities and performs all the functions ascribed to God, except he did not create the universe and is bound by the laws of physics (even if his feats may appear to be supernatural).

    My question is, would such a being classify as God? And if not, what would you call such a being?


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    Honestly! I don't care! At one time people asked "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?". Your question falls into the same category.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    At one time people asked "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?".
    clearly that depends on what type of angels we’re talking about (archangels having a greater mass than cherubim) + what sort of dance they’re performing - line dancing or doing the pogo would take up less space than a waltz
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by anticorncob28 View Post
    My question is, would such a being classify as God? And if not, what would you call such a being?
    well, you know what Arthur C Clarke said about any advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic, and since magic is the godparent of religion, your question almost answers itself ...
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
    clearly that depends on what type of angels we’re talking about (archangels having a greater mass than cherubim) + what sort of dance they’re performing - line dancing or doing the pogo would take up less space than a waltz
    Angels do not have mass.
    Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologiae states, in his answer to “question 50” under 5, that the angels are incorruptible substances, and that this means that they cannot die, decay, break up, or be substantially changed. “For the root of corruptibility in a substance is matter, and in the angels there is no matter.”
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    Insufficient data for meaningful answer
    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Insufficient data for meaningful answer
    although to be fair, for a problem like this one, there will never be sufficient data for a meaningful answer
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Insufficient data for meaningful answer
    although to be fair, for a problem like this one, there will never be sufficient data for a meaningful answer
    Out of respect for Isaac Asimov I asked Multivac aka Galactic AC, Cosmic AC, AC. Took awhile for the answer

    Excerpts....The Last Question...

    Matter and energy had ended and with it, space and time. Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered........

    All other questions had been answered, and until this last question was answered also, AC might not release his consciousness..........

    The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.
    And AC said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT!"


    I would call this being a machine.
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