The anime series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex caught my attention one night while Wort was watching, and I was puttering between the living room and the laundry room.
The series features spiderlike combat vehicles (i.e. tanks) equipped with artificial intelligence. These are called Tachikomas.
"And you know that 'existence of God' thing that I had trouble
understanding before? I think I'm starting to understand it now.
Maybe, just maybe, it's a concept that's similar to a zero in
mathematics. In other words, it's a symbol that denies the absence of
meaning, the meaning that's necessitated by the delineation of one system
from another. In analog, that's God. In digital, it's zero."
I found myself staring at the TV with the same affectionate half-smirk that my mother always had whenever I would say something poignant when I was very young. ("Out of the mouths of babes," she'd say. I don't expect she knew the origin of that phrase, so that lends a certain irony to the moment, at least for me.)
Those who know me a little probably see me as someone who waffles between atheism and agnosticism. Really, I've just always felt like the Tachikoma: "existence of God" is a "thing" I've had trouble understanding ever since I was introduced to the idea. I like this explanation, because I can accept the need for a defined concept to signify place value.