Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Alternative Theology: How to Simulate God

Find it here. Interesting for programmers, math nerds, and philosophy types.

Exercises in alternative theology are neat-o. They get people to think of absolute givens as counterfactuals, even if their defenses kick in a second later. Sometimes I worry that by promulgating things like this, which justify religious belief in general by showing how what we observe could be consistently explained by such, that I'm reinforcing smarmy theists' thinking. But most of the time it seems getting people to think about their beliefs in the abstract, as actual propositions that can be true or false, gets them moving down the road away from religious beliefs as contentless tribal-loyalty signals and thus, toward skepticism.

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