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God: Charles?Charles: What?God: Thank you Charles.Charles: What?God: Thank you.Charles: For what?God: For the book.Charles: What book?God: "The origin of the species."Charles: Oh that one. Actually the title is "On The origin of the species." It initially had a longer title but we shortened it. Thanks. I think that there is an idea there but I don't think I did very well explaining it. I worked on the idea for some time but I didn't understand enough myself. I needed more data.God: You did better than I did. Charles: What do you mean?God: Well I came up with that simple idea of the world being created in 7 days. Well 6 actually. I put in a rest day on the 7th. I had to keep it simple. Man's mental abilities were pretty primitive in those days. I couldn't make it too complicated. Actually I made up different stories for different groups or visa-versa but that is the one that seemed to stick.Charles: Wait! Who am I talking to?God: God.Charles: No way. There is no God. I must be dreaming.God: Whatever.Charles: If you are God, why did you make so many mistakes?God: What mistakes are you talking about?Charles: There are lots of them How about the appendix or prostate? That one is really causing problems for me these days.God: Sorry about your prostate. I never claimed to get it right all of the time. Maybe all powerful, but not perfect. You do need more data.Charles: So your claim is that you set things going but then it was up to chance?God: Well, not totally chance. There are some rules. Your metaphor doesn't rely solely on chance does it?Charles: Chance plays a part but survival is not based on chance alone.God: Exactly. Charles: If you like my ideas, what about all of those people saying that your 7 day thing should be taught instead of my ideas.God: I like your metaphor but it is a bit simplistic as well. It is better than my story and as you collect more data other ways of helping people understand what the world is all about will evolve. Be patient with the folks that hold on to old ways of understanding. Not everyone gets it right away. But they do need to leave me out of science classes. I have my own realm.Charles: So how did you do it? Assuming that you did it. God: I'll ignore the second sentence. I set up a few rules. Charles: What rules?God: If I told you, all of the fun would be gone.Charles: So how about a hint? Is quantum physics on the right track?God: You deny that I exist but you want me to reveal my secrets? Quantum physics is an interesting metaphor. Charles: The jury is still out on you. I studied you for a long time but when I went out in the real world you just didn't make sense. What do you mean that quantum physics is an interesting metaphor?God: Maybe you needed more data. I like quantum physics. It has all of those far out ideas. All of those dimensions, uncertainty and things exploring all states at the same time. Didn't I do a good job with the brain? Charles: The brain is amazing. It is capable of making up some really weird ideas. After all it created you.God: Watch it.