Progamer to Programmer

Sunday, April 16, 2006


While surfing Angel's blog, I came across a treasure trove of exercises, games, and articles with regard to faith and spiritually. I found it interesting because there was effort to provide information and insight in a "neutral" or "objective" manner. They give some criterion, classify your belief's based on those criterion, then leave it to you to decide which side of the criterion's spectrum is "good" or "desirable".

Some of the exercises which I tried:

Activity: Do-It-Yourself Deity lets you select the attributes or traits that are necessary for "God" to be "God". Those traits are then compared with the laws of our universe as we know it, and the contradictions are pointed out. This one is the activity which I liked the least. It's the simplest of all of them, and the results are either basic, or too semantic to be satisfying.

Activity: So You Think You're Logical? places a set of supposedly "tricky" logical questions for you to answer. Yes, I do think I'm logical, and yes, I aced the exam, thank you. =) I'd be surprised if any CS or Philo student didn't.

Activity: Battleground God is a set of questions which attempt to test your logical consistency in your beliefs. I took a direct hit from Question 15. This activity exposed me to the fact that I have developed a "double standard" - one where I am stricter to myself than to others. I'm not sure whether its arrogance or futility that has led me to adapt this standard, but now that I am consciously aware of it, I will need to reevaluate it. I liked this activity the most. The FAQ to this activity is also an entertaining and enlightening afterword.

Activity: Morality Play looks at how consistent you are in applying your moral values, and attempts to segregate the essential factors which would influence your moral decisions. This one simply reaffirms that I consider the difference between acting and failing to act as a large factor in determining the moral rightness of an issue. I do not believe one is morally bound to act unless it is within the bounds of his duty as a responsible citizen/jobholder.


I'm currently enjoying the game O2Jam, which is the online version of Dance Dance Revo/Drummania/DJMax and other musical games. The songs are quite catchy, and its fun to play with some of the players. It makes me miss playing the piano... Ah, if only sheet music were as easy to read as the bars in O2Jam. =)


  • Ooo... Touchy subject.

    I usually end up setting someone on fire when I talk about this in a mixed group.

    I'll bite:

    In Battlefield God, I'm asked: "If God exists, then (nonsense)." But I honestly have no belief in God. Shouldn't I always be able to answer true to this, without hits?

    By Blogger Gaebril, at 1:53 AM  

  • Lol! That's being cocky with the game! ;)

    I guess in order to determine or to have a decision/opinion on whether God exists, you'd first need to have an idea of what God is.

    Assuming that God does, in fact, not exist, the truth or falsity of that statement cannot be evaluated. In order to evaluate whether it is true or false, you need to assume (or imagine) the situation where God exists.

    If I said "If I wake up tomorrow, I'll give you a million pesos.", you wouldn't know whether I was really lying or not until tomorrow. Let's say I ended up dying today. Then you would never be able to determine whether I was lying or not. But, knowing who I am, (and given that "I don't know" was not one of the choices), you can still make an reasonably good guess as to whether I was lying or not, by imagining the situation if I woke up tomorrow.

    Or are the situations different?

    By Blogger Celedor, at 2:34 PM  

  • i didn't take any hits, and i bit just one bullet. guess that means my faith is consistent.

    By Blogger jem, at 6:51 PM  

  • Which bullet would that be?

    By Blogger Celedor, at 11:23 PM  

  • Cels:

    "...imagining the situation"

    I dig what you're saying, but that's not really how formal logic is supposed to work, is it? As it is, there are too many questions here that start with an "if false..." so I think the test isn't that logically sound.

    "'d first need to have an idea of what God is."

    When I deny existence, I try to base it on the definition used by whoever I'm talking to... I imagine it would be kind of meaningless if I used a different definition.

    So, I don't really need to carry around a definition of God... I wouldn't be using it, anyway.

    Gee... I could spend all day nitpicking when I should be working on my masterpiece. >_<

    By Blogger Gaebril, at 6:31 AM  

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