The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Interesting thread. Great joke posts.
Consider though, on the serious, scientific side, as a puzzle, perhaps:
1. If 'God' had nothing to do with "religion", those questions might not yield a satisfactory reply;
2. If 'God' was not a 'being' as some think, but was something else, then many questions might not get a satisfactory answer;
3. If 'God' were a dimensional being, many answers might make no sense to us.
For the first, there are lots, and lots of religions. One could argue that only one of them was the 'true' religion. Or one might argue that they
all are. Either way, scientifically, it makes sense to exclude religious themes to make the best use of one's three questions. (Remember we're going
at this as a scientific conundrum, here).
For the second, if the thing that created us was a 'Brane
', or a vast, inexplicable or
undefined cosmic phenomenon, or something 'outside' our Universe, then our 'questions' may make no sense (if you assume the 'Brane' could answer
or somehow communicate; or if by magic one could get information about this 'object' or 'construct').
For the third and most interesting, consider this.
In a 2-D world, with only width and length, the beings might be all consumed with rumors of other 'locations' (what we call dimensions). If they
asked a question 'what else is there', we, being like Gods to them might answer 'there's "UP"'.
To them we would be invisible, disembodied voices, and our answer, simple to us, would be completely incomprenhensible to them. Indeed, being
disembodied, it would be very 'frightening'.
To a 2-D being, we'd be 'ghosts', and supernatural. We could know all about them just by looking 'DOWN' into their flat world. We could tell them
how we do it, but even the 'sound' of our words might be damaging (sonic vibrations?), or, having no 'ears' they might not be able to make out
what we are saying.
A parallel to Biblical comments and stories about the voice of God being terrifying or how looking upon him would kill us, and how touching his stuff
(The arc of the covenant?) could kill us, now suddenly makes sense!
Now, to carry that analogy onward, to 3-D beings imagine a 7th Dimensional 'God' (Master of all possible Universes, all possible Multi-verses). The
answers that were given would be equally incomprehensible to us.
A Master of the Multi-verse would have experiences and concepts that are completely alien to us. Even with a Universal Translator, the answers might
be things like 'Beyond', or a string of consonants or a sentence with words we understand but strung together in ways that have no meaning.
("The beyond tesseract gloms the hyper-cube, warps the Nth Space"
So what is a good question? I don't know. Just thought I'd point out that either the questions, or the answers may not translate into ways we
expect. It might still be fun to ask.
It might be a built-in paradox. For instance we talk about going to the 'end of the Universe', but some scientists think that the powerful
gravitational forces (or other undiscovered forces) would cause the Universe to bend back upon itself, so there would be no 'end'. If we went far
enough, we'd find ourselves warped back to the 'other end', like a Mobius Strip, or a Klein
To me the idea of a 'God' would have it built in (frustrating though that might be) that no communication is possible. "He" or "It" can hear us,
but dare not answer for fear of harming us. But, if somehow, we might be able to get an answer, but it would likely be completely incomprehensible to
When we look into the vastness of the Universe, the Hubble has shown that even the smallest emptiest space is teeming with Galaxies. It gets more
complex, not less.
When we look into the smallest of dimensions, the Plank Length, we see the foaming and boiling Quantum universe
), and more complexity. It never seems to simplify into 'atoms' as we might
Perplexing, indefinable, and inexplicable, indeed, as J.B.S. Haldane
said in his
famous quote: "I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that
the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."
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