reply to post by Bajema
Yeah, it's not the best paradox, is it? All this talk about asses (lol) and hungry men and bales of hay only muddles the actual point of it. To me,
the paradox boils down to this:
When faced with two or more (in every way) equal alternatives of action we cannot make a logical choice about which one we choose. If there is no
difference between them, then how can we justify choosing one over the other?
Solution: we choose to pick one at random. We decide to override the first choice. I think this is why it's actually not a paradox at all, to us. Or
the asses (and I think this might even be part of what makes us sentient human beings? Or sentient asses, for that matter. Hmm...).
Even so, I think this paradox has some merit. Again, if we consider only one choice between two completely equal alternatives then how can it be
logical to choose one over the other? How? I think the asses failure to act, the failure to make a choice, is a red herring.
reply to post by ExquisitExamplE
Yeah, it was kind of a pain in the ass to use "this being", etc.
And I agree, if this omnipotent guy is actually the creator of everything (time, space and so on), it gets kind of tricky. Can there be different
degrees of omnipotence? Different degrees of infinity?
My answer is no. But "omnipotence" and "infinity" are alien concepts to everyday human logic, as you say, which is evolved to solve problems such as
"killing an animal", "not falling into a hole" or "safely navigating a spaceship to the surface of the moon".
When we try to reach beyond these things, things get very counter-intuitive. But we can always try, huh? That's the human spirit.
Disclaimer: No asses where harmed in the making of this post. Except for mine own. From sitting too long on this ******* chair, typing this *******
message. (I'm assuming swearing is not allowed on ATS? Correct me if i'm wrong. I'm new here.)
edit on 9-8-2013 by Subnatural because: Im new