## The proof

Symbolically:

## Modal logic

A truth is

*necessary*if its negation entails a contradiction, such as 2 + 2 = 4; by contrast, a truth is*contingent*if it just happens to be the case, for instance, "more than half of the earth is covered by water". In the most common interpretation of modal logic, one considers "all possible worlds". If a statement is true in all possible worlds, then it is a necessary truth. If a statement happens to be true in our world, but is false in some other worlds, then it is a contingent truth. A statement that is true in some world (not necessarily our own) is called a*possible*truth.A

*property*assigns to each object, in every possible world, a truth value (either true or false). Note that not all worlds have the same objects: some objects exist in some worlds and not in others. A property has only to assign truth values to those objects that exist in a particular world. As an example, consider the property*P*(*s*) =*s*is pink

and consider the object

*s*= my shirt

In our world,

*P*(*s*) is true because my shirt happens to be pink; in some other world,*P*(*s*) is false, while in still some other world,*P*(*s*) wouldn't make sense because my shirt doesn't exist there.We say that the property

*P**entails*the property*Q*, if any object in any world that has the property*P*in that world also has the property*Q*in that same world. For example, the property*P*(*x*) =*x*is taller than 2 meters

entails the property

*Q*(*x*) =*x*is taller than 1 meter.

The proof can summarized as:

- IF it is possible for a rational omniscient being to exist THEN necessarily a rational omniscient being exists.

## 19 comments:

good point.

subscribing

Um, yeah. Has anyone disproved it?

I'm laughing out loud (although I'm not quite laughing my ass off).

I was sitting here thinking that I'm going crazy. I don't remember reading this post about god's existence, nor do I remember leaving those comments. I was checking the timestamps on my comments for the tenth time, when I realized the trick. Hehe. CA you are sneaky.

I actually wasn’t planning to do it originally, but them my wife made me take down the whore post — but then I remembered this.

What did the Misses dislike about the whore post?

In the proof, what do the squares and the diamonds symbolize?

What is this whore post of which you write?

You snooze you lose.

What did the Misses dislike about the whore post?She said that the Rebbe would not want me to discuss whores or — much less — parking wardens. I wrote to the Igros, and the Rebbe told me to listen to my wife. So I did.

TRS: I have no idea. Probably. I think both Descartes and Godel would benefit from learning Chassidus.

Would the Misses approve of you making fun of the Igros?

As one can learn from Wikipedia, Godel's proof is subject to all the criticisms the traditional ontological proof is subject to. The only ma'aleh of Godel's proof is that he used fancy notation, so that theists can say "Godel proved god's existence

mathematically, so it must be valid!"Humph. A simple email would suffice.

A simple e-mail?

As in, the original post. It sounds interesting.

It wasn’t interesting. My husband doesn’t like female parking wardens and he expanded upon that dislike.

Ahh, all is revealed.

And now it shall be concealed.

And there goes that one.

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