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Re: Banter: Omnipotence
Poster: "Chuck Graves" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Leifr again,
>> It's certainly off topic, but I remember from Piers Anthony's "Source of
>> Magic" the Demon XANth stated that he was "Omnipotent but not
>> Omniscient". I wondered then how you can claim to be able to do
>> everything if you can not claim to know everything.
>It's not that the Demon XANth could not claim to know everything,
>it's that he _could_, and did, claim not to know everything. Since he
>could do everything, claiming not to know everything was clearly
>one of the things he could do. Furthermore, actually refraining
>from knowing everything (that is, making his claim true) was
>another thing he could do.
Why, thank you, Alfredo. You just provided substantive argument
for why I was "parenthetically" correct. I appreciate the help.
>Also, the Demon was playing a game with other Demons. When I'm
>playing, say, a chess game, I am _able_ to pick up one of my pawns
>and move it clear across the board, but my opponent almost always
>expresses annoyance when I do, so I generally choose not to.
You are also constrained by the rules of the game. You may be _able_ to make
the noted move; however, you can't keep it...annoyance or not.
ps. of course, that style of play was used by Napolean to prove a mechanical
chess player of his era was in fact operated by a man...
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