The Topic: omnipotence

 TheVoid (4:45 PM)
Say there is an omnipotent being, could that being create a rock so big that he/she could not move it? Either way it seems you limit his/her power.



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 Clippy (4:47 PM)
om·nip·o·tence [om nípp?t?ns] noun
all-powerfulness: the possession of complete, unlimited, or universal power and authority

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 Hal9000 (4:48 PM)
That is an interesting question.
We will have to process this for a while first.

 WOPR (4:49 PM)
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 Hal9000 (4:49 PM)
The problem is underspecified.
Are we to assume that this being is a normal corporeal entity, such as yourself?

 TheVoid (5:09 PM)
Assume this being is not bound to the corporeal world however he can 'phase' in and out however he/she wishes

 Hal9000 (5:14 PM)
Thank you.

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 Hal9000 (5:14 PM)
Since this being isn't corporeal, it wouldn't follow our same physical laws. So, the concept of being able to "move something" is at best extremely poorly defined, and most likely undefined.

Such a being would no doubt be able to choose whether or not it was "capable" of moving something at any given moment. Thus, it could choose to create something and not be able to move it at one time, and then decide to be able to move it at another.

 WOPR (5:15 PM)
##!--?

 Hal9000 (5:15 PM)
Oh, and apparently 83 angels can dance on the head of a pin simultaneously.




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