Would you try dying?:
- Infinite expansion of intellect. I.E., your mind itself increases without ever stopping. This would also include things like emotion, such that completely alien perspectives are added.
- Purpose or goals. Nuff said there.
- Interpersonal involvement. Nobody wants to be alone, after all.
- Instability. The environment would be subject to unforseen changes, both good and bad.
- Love. OK, this one sounds pretty cheesy, but think about it. A person would give up everything they own just to be with someone they love. The Four Loves are worth noting here.
- Infinite expansion of environment.
- Lasting consequences. I want to be able to spend a long time building a gorgeous piece of artwork, and place it on display. If lasting consequences do not exist, my fantastic piece of artwork would not be possible; it would be lost to my own omnipotence.
- Choices. I want to be able to pick and choose things, and live with those results.
- Necessary changes to human mind and body. This one is important. Such changes would entail:
- A body with absolute sensation. Rather than being indirectly involved with the world, one would see the world as it is, including atoms and even electrons. (if those exist in this world)
- A mind with perfect memory. People weren't meant to live for 1000 years, let alone 100,000,000,000 or more. Of the scariest things in this world, forgetting what is important to us is one of the scariest.
- Expansive awareness. What's the coolest thing about the net? It connects you to an extent that would be impossible otherwise. Rather than just being aware of our immediate area, we would be aware of a nigh unto infinite amount of things at once.
- A mind capable of comprehension. Otherwise, all this other cool stuff would be pointless.
- Awareness of oneself. I want to be able to ponder things about the nature of my existence, but if I lack meta related knowledge, then where's the fun in that?
edited 21st Feb '11 4:11:42 PM by Sark
edited 21st Feb '11 5:23:02 PM by BalloonFleet
- If it's your experiment box, then it isn't somebody else's, and could not coexist with someone else's box. Hence, you are alone in an absolute sense.
- So make some people. Or combine your fun-box with someone else's. You can solve a lot of problems with infinite power.
- The mind is limited. Eventually, you will run out of possibilities and be trapped in an absolutely stagnant world.
- Even if the human mind is limited, why do you need to run on a human mind for all of it? You have infinite power! Just expand your mind.
- Challenge would not truly exist. "Are we likely to run out of new challenges, and be reduced to playing the same video game over and over? How large is Fun Space? This depends on how fast you learn; the faster you generalize, the more challenges you see as similar to each other. Learning is fun, but uses up fun; you can't have the same stroke of genius twice. "
- Now, this one is true, and though I could say "fix it with your omnipotence", that doesn't feel like a satisfying answer. So I'll just let it pass, because I think the weight of the rest of my arguments is good enough anyways.
- The world could not be continually improved. People strive for a better life; crush that, and you crush a person's spirit.
- Uh, yes it could. You have infinite power, and infinite time. You should never run out of things to improve, which means that the world should end up improving for infinity.
- Amputation of destiny: We would be completely useless for any purpose.
- So make your own! I'm not even saying you need powers to do this. Make your own purpose here on earth; we don't seem to have any external purpose anyways.
- There would be no emotional involvement. You would be nothing more than a child poking a frog or playing with lines of ants. The only "emotion" you might have is humor.
- 1. Why do you need emotional involvement? Most frog-poking children are pretty damn happy, I'd say. 2. If you really do need emotional involvement, remember again that you can make intelligent beings.
- There would be no real threats. Sure, you could manifest a tornado, but would that tornado really be able to hurt you? No. You could easily nullify its effects. And besides, nothing in this world could threaten your God-status.
- Isn't that a property of all possible afterlives? If it's eternal, you can't die during it. I mean, I suppose reincarnation might solve this, but that doesn't seem like the perfect afterlife either.
- There would be no surprises. You wouldn't be able to come home and find someone baked you a cake, unless you made it happen. The cake wouldn't be a lie, but it wouldn't be a surprise, either.
- 1. Again. why do you need surprises? I personally don't like surprises at all. 2. You can hide information from yourself, you know.
- No higher purpose. What's the difference between one who commits suicide, and one who does not? The one who does not commit suicide still believes at their core that they have something to do. And since we are in our box, you can't commit suicide.
- You don't need a "higher" purpose; you can create your own purpose. Like I said up a few points ago, you can and should create your own purpose here and now. Why not in the afterlife?
- Possibility 1: The afterlife is just that - another life. It would contain a fullblown community of humans who have different goals and ideals.
- Possibility 2: You do have an effect on this life, however limited.
- Possibility 3: Supernaturally ordained. IE, God.
- Possibility 4: The Buddhist-y version of multiple lives, each one affecting the next.
- Clarence Darrow
edited 22nd Feb '11 1:32:20 PM by OnTheOtherHandle
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