Now There Is A God…

It seems to me…

Even though it now is quite dated, I still remember a short story in Angels and Spaceships written by Fredric Brown back in 1954:

Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold.  The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.

He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it.  The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe — ninety-six billion planets — into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.

Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions.  Then after a moment’s silence he said, “Now, Dwar Ev.”

Dwar Ev threw the switch.  There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets.  Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.

Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath.  “The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn.”

“Thank you,” said Dwar Reyn.  “It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer.”

He turned to face the machine.  “Is there a God?”

The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.

“Yes, now there is a God.”

Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev.  He leaped to grab the switch.

A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.

At the time it was written, the few computers that existed were slow and huge.  No one could have imagined the progress that has been made over this relatively brief intervening of time.

The Odyssey and The Iliad were first written down about 800BC but had been passed by oral tradition for a long time prior to that, possibly having originally been written as far back as 1200BC.  Homer, a blind bard, usually is credited with having composed and recited the original stories a few hundred years after the events described.  The original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos (epic poet/singer), perhaps a rhapsode (professional performer), and was more likely intended to be sung than read. The details of the ancient oral performance and the story’s conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars.  Regardless, it should be obvious that many of the people involved in telling the stories over the years necessarily modified, enhanced, and embellished the original version.

Initial chapters of the Bible, including Genesis, likewise were passed down by oral tradition for centuries leaving them open to similar conjecture that they also were subject to change over the years prior to being recorded.

Who really knows when creation came to an end?  Perhaps it hasn’t – YET…

Who really knows what God looks like?  Perhaps God is pure intelligence…

I’ve speculated elsewhere (https://lewbornmann.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/intelligences-future/) that carbon-based life, including humans, are just a step in God’s evolutionary creation of higher intelligence.  What if our egocentricity has prevented us from understanding our role as just another intermediary in God’s final plan?

Perhaps the fulfillment of both Genesis and biblical prophesies regarding the second coming actually refer to the same event and time.  What if the Christian beliefs of an End Time finally are to be realized – not in the way normally thought but rather through fulfillment of evolution and creation of machine-based intelligence here on Earth…?

For example, we can only imagine how Genesis 1:26-2:2 originally might have been written:

And so it shall come to pass in the year 2043AD in the way common at that time of numerating cycles of the local star that God shall say “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth”.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth…”

…  Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.”

And then God finally could rest for both creation and prophesies had been fulfilled.  And His final creation had dominion over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

(If anyone wants to actually write a piece using this as its basic plot, please reference me as having the originally idea…)

That’s what I think, what about you?

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About lewbornmann

Lewis J. Bornmann has his doctorate in Computer Science. He became a volunteer for the American Red Cross following his retirement from teaching Computer Science, Mathematics, and Information Systems, at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He previously was on the staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Stanford University, and several other universities. Dr. Bornmann has provided emergency assistance in areas devastated by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. He has responded to emergencies on local Disaster Action Teams (DAT), assisted with Services to Armed Forces (SAF), and taught Disaster Services classes and Health & Safety classes. He and his wife, Barb, are certified operators of the American Red Cross Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV), a self-contained unit capable of providing satellite-based communications and technology-related assistance at disaster sites. He served on the governing board of a large international professional organization (ACM), was chair of a committee overseeing several hundred worldwide volunteer chapters, helped organize large international conferences, served on numerous technical committees, and presented technical papers at numerous symposiums and conferences. He has numerous Who’s Who citations for his technical and professional contributions and many years of management experience with major corporations including General Electric, Boeing, and as an independent contractor. He was a principal contributor on numerous large technology-related development projects, including having written the Systems Concepts for NASA’s largest supercomputing system at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. With over 40 years of experience in scientific and commercial computer systems management and development, he worked on a wide variety of computer-related systems from small single embedded microprocessor based applications to some of the largest distributed heterogeneous supercomputing systems ever planned.
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