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German Computer Scientists 'Prove' God Exists


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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:44 PM

Spiegel said:


Two scientists have formalized a theorem regarding the existence of God penned by mathematician Kurt Gödel. But the God angle is somewhat of a red herring -- the real step forward is the example it sets of how computers can make scientific progress simpler.

As headlines go, it's certainly an eye-catching one. "Scientists Prove Existence of God," German daily Die Welt wrote last week.

But unsurprisingly, there is a rather significant caveat to that claim. In fact, what the researchers in question say they have actually proven is a theorem put forward by renowned Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel -- and the real news isn't about a Supreme Being, but rather what can now be achieved in scientific fields using superior technology.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:53 PM

There's more than one caveat involved in this proof. For example, how do you define a "greater" being? "Greater" in what way? i.e. Are plants "greater" than people because they can use photosynthesis to generate their own food - and environment?

All Godel really proved was that God could be anything, depending on how certain concepts (such as "greater") were defined.

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