Mr. Deity and the Messages

By Sean Carroll | May 25, 2007 11:34 am

Finally a “God Hypothesis” that fits all the data! Mr. Deity is a completely consistent conception of the divine, free of the usual theological paradoxes.

Also, the consensus of YouTube commenters seems to be that Jesus is pretty hot.

  • rash

    I approve! Funny stuff :)

  • Quasar9

    Funny, what makes humans different from most things in the cosmos, is that everything in the cosmos seems to follow a pre-determined(?) path, even the chaotic(?) weather. Whereas humans reserve the right to be freely irrational.

    The other paradox is that humans need Nature (or a friendly environment) whereas Nature or the environment does not need humans.
    Equally if humans (and ‘living’ things) and Earth disappear from the Cosmos, will the Universe notice? – I think (probably) not, lol!

    Yet, it is important(?) to us(?) to understand the Universe(?)

  • Khurram

    What’s Mr. Deity talkin’ ’bout? I blame God everytime something bad happens!
    You’ll get yours God; Come Judgement Day, you’ll get yours.

  • Behappy

    I used to like this site alot in the past, as time progressed i see many of the contributors are involved more and more into fighting, mocking and going against anything related to god or beleif.

    I started to have the impression that they are inventing new kind of discimination, that one has to be a non believer to be a scientist, or a candidate for one, this is so sad and make me really feel sick.

    What is wrong with a scientist who believes in god? or a string theorist who believes in god?

    I see some scientists are trying to push the limits of their theories to disprove the existance of god, instead of mereley focusing on scientific research (may be they are trying to do like those who use science to prove the existance of god). They mention that over and over to the point it became a belief that string theory and believing in god cannot coexist.

    It is sad that the scientific community will lose lots of brilliant believers who love science, because of this tendancy by some icons in the scientific community who will mock religions or beliefs and make sure that anybody who believes in god will be forbidden from getting into PhD programs, let alone finding a tenure in academia. I find this issue pretty much similar to the discrimination against women in science, and other sorts of discriminations.

    Like the saying, live and let live, i would say, disbelieve and let believe!!


  • PK

    Behappy, there are very strict laws both in the US and Europe to prevent that from happening, and I don’t know of any case where someone was denied tenure because (s)he believed in God. The only case that comes close is that of Guillermo Gonzales, and there it was not the belief in God per se, but the fact that he wrote an anti-scientific book on ID.

    The cool thing about blogs is that you can cherry-pick what to read, so I suggest you skip the posts with an anti-religious flavour.

  • The Yellow Bandicoot

    Dear behappy-

    I don’t believe that cosmic variance is really having a go at religion per se. I think the main issue is really the fact that there should be a marked disconnect between church and state. Nothing is wrong with philosophising about God, or many Gods, or the metaphysical implications of humanity’s place in the universe- in fact, I think fairly poorly of people who take issue with the idiosyncratic and harmless beliefs of people on these issues, which bear no relevance to science anyway.

    However, when believers impose their will in another area- like mainstream politics, or even try to redefine science in terms of their nonscientific thought processes- that is when there is a problem. When people are unable to make sensible decisions on policy, education or otherwise, because they are hamstrung by people who believe something in particular, that is when there is a problem. When people try to force their ideas on other people in an illogical and manipulative fashion (eg intelligent design peeps over evolution in schools) that is where there is a problem- and of course it works the other way, too. Scientists should understand that there are certain questions about the universe and our place in it which are beyond the realm of scientific enquiry to explain, mainly because the questions are poorly defined, and let the religious philosophers do their philosophising!

    I think you will find that, after much soulsearching, this attitude, or something fairly similar, is what most reasonable agnostics take after a while.

    Anyway, I do hope that this doesn’t become a serious discussion! More quips needed please =)!

  • wagner

    I have a friend that (even today) gets mad if a GOD subject comes out in a conversation. But I never forget when he got a kidney problem (stones on it), he said that he prayed all night long. hahaha… human beings are very interesting.

  • sinophysiker

    well, seems god uses the same model of cell phone as mine.

    let’s pray for treo 650.

  • spyder

    well then, it is time to have some fun with this:

  • CapitalistImperialistPig

    I noticed that there wasn’t a prayer for string theory. Coincidence?

    I think not.

  • Cynthia

    Come now, CIP, string theory is far too robust to be resorting to prayer. And if there’s a theory of quantum gravity which is in desperate need of a prayer, then I’d say it’s LQG!

  • Analyzer

    What’s the difference between God and Lenny Susskind?

    God doesn’t think he’s Lenny Susskind.

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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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