- If I said something mean about your girlfriend, would you hate me?
As we broke up a few weeks ago, probably not. But I doubt I would join in on the bashing.
- How do you solve the contradiction between the statement that God is omniscient and the statement that people have free will?
I don't believe there is a sentient creature we could call god. God is just, in my mind, a personification of infinity.
But, the idea of free will is another issue. If the laws of physics, and chemestry are to be believed. And if you supposed that nothing is truely random, if you look close enough, or have knowledge of all the variables, then no. No, there is no free will if all those things hold true.
If you could create a computer that knew where every particle in the universe, no matter how large or small (including subatomic), and knew the vector and mass of each particle, you could work back through all of history and accurately know everything that has happened in all of time. Or you could go forward. Your brain just works off of chemical reactions, so it's responses to stimuli is predictable. Sperm and egg, if you know all the variables about speed, placement, endurence, etc, you would know which sperm will reach the egg. We are locked into an on going and invisible prison of cause and effect.
- If you could extensively study anything you wanted, what would it be?
I'm not sure. I think something that would allow me to explore africa or south america, and let me take lots of pictures. That could be photography, anthropology, biology, or any other sundry array of possabilities. Actually... Poly-Sci, and helping war ravaged nations rebuild might be interesting.
- You say you were an "all American boy". What qualities does a boy have to have in order for him to be All American?
I think I was being sarcastic with that statement. I was a loner who loved fantasy books drawing. But I would define "all american" as more of a stereo type than a reality. It denote the jock or football player with good grades and a great social life, saving up to get their first car. I think these kids exist at every school, but they are a minority.
- Do you believe in anything supernatural or unable to be proven?
I believe that such things do exist, but as far as being unable to be proven, I think if something does exist, it can be proven. I don't believe in ghosts, but I do believe, to a degree, in empathy. There are a number of creatures with more senses than us, or use the same senses in radically different fashions. Like sharks can sense the minute electromagnetic emissions of other creatures, and that is how it finds fish hiding under the sand. Or how bats can see with hearing. Even humans possess the ability to adapt their senses to unusual uses. In the June 2003 Discover Magazine, there is an article (page 53-56)where they have created a way for people to see with an adapter that sends tiny electronic pulses to the taste buds. Depending on mood, your level of electrical impulses going through your brain and body change to match. If you are stressed, often your muscles will be tense. I don't think it is a huge leap that someone might be able to pick up on such things. It could be everyone could, but they just aren't trained to understand it or see it, much like people learning to see with their tongue.