How does one differentiate a deity from a highly unique and very advanced lifeform?
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30-11-2016, 11:53 PM
RE: How does one differentiate a deity from a highly unique and very advanced lifeform?
Fear. Fear is the thing. From the earliest times, the fear of the unknown, of death and what lies beyond created religions.
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01-12-2016, 06:02 AM
RE: How does one differentiate a deity from a highly unique and very advanced lifeform?
Any sufficiently advanced enough technology is indistinguishable from magic.

However science has evidence, magic does not. If these advanced beings were to share their knowledge, we would close the gap.

Sorta like Thor and the rest of Asgard in the Marvel Universe; they are only 'gods' insofar as their technology makes them appear so.

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01-12-2016, 06:13 AM (This post was last modified: 01-12-2016 06:20 AM by GenesisNemesis.)
RE: How does one differentiate a deity from a highly unique and very advanced lifeform?
A deity is traditionally considered to be a non-material entity, whatever the fuck that means. A deity is also considered to be both eternal in nature and infinite. A very advanced lifeform would not be eternal by default or infinite. Moreover a very advanced lifeform would still have to use resources to get what it wants, whereas a deity supposedly doesn't.
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01-12-2016, 07:48 AM
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(01-12-2016 06:13 AM)GenesisNemesis Wrote:  A deity is traditionally considered to be a non-material entity, whatever the fuck that means. A deity is also considered to be both eternal in nature and infinite. A very advanced lifeform would not be eternal by default or infinite. Moreover a very advanced lifeform would still have to use resources to get what it wants, whereas a deity supposedly doesn't.

Thank you for your definitions, sir. Here's my main confusion: suppose humanity encounters something that fits your descriptions in bold. Does humanity conclude that this is a deity, or is it possible that this is a form of life, which can be understood but is just beyond humanity's grasp at that time? How would we know?

Thanks for your post, GenesisNemesis. Live long and prosper.

"I'm fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason." Klaatu, from The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
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01-12-2016, 08:30 AM
How does one differentiate a deity from a highly unique and very advanced lifeform?
(01-12-2016 07:48 AM)Kernel Sohcahtoa Wrote:  
(01-12-2016 06:13 AM)GenesisNemesis Wrote:  A deity is traditionally considered to be a non-material entity, whatever the fuck that means. A deity is also considered to be both eternal in nature and infinite. A very advanced lifeform would not be eternal by default or infinite. Moreover a very advanced lifeform would still have to use resources to get what it wants, whereas a deity supposedly doesn't.

Thank you for your definitions, sir. Here's my main confusion: suppose humanity encounters something that fits your descriptions in bold. Does humanity conclude that this is a deity, or is it possible that this is a form of life, which can be understood but is just beyond humanity's grasp at that time? How would we know?

Thanks for your post, GenesisNemesis. Live long and prosper.

You might want to describe how such an encounter is possible. Can you really encounter an immaterial entity - whatever the fuck that is?

Either way, whatever this encounter is, we can reliably predict that different people would arrive at different conclusions. I suspect a lot of humanity would go the way of worshiping anything beyond their understanding. To be fair, the Jamaicans would try to smoke it.

We have to remember that what we observe is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning ~ Werner Heisenberg
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