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Following the basic definition of God being a superhuman spirit, the concept of a God would have come from animism. Animism is commonly held as the first religion starting arguably around 100,000BC with the first recorded burial act in Qafzeh cave. It is also one of the broadest religions because it is the belief that a soul or spirit exists in every living being and object including inanimate ones. The traditional definition of God being an omnipotent omniscient being with supreme authority and judgement comes from Aristotle's Metaphysics from 350BC which is considered one of the most important metaphysical works in all of philosophy. In the book Aristotle conceives of the nature of God:
And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God’s self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal. We say therefore that God is a living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.
Advice God is an advice animal image macro series featuring a portrait of an old man with grey hair and a long flowing beard. The images are typically captioned with text that denounces religion (often christianity) by pointing out apparent biblical contradictions and attributing mischievous behaviors to God. The image of the old man comes from Michelangelo’s artistic rendition of the Christian God in The Creation of the Sun and Moon, one of the many paintings made between 1508 and 1512 that adorn the walls in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican City, Italy.
Flying Spaghetti Monster
Flying Spaghetti Monster is a satirical deity for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody religious organization with followers known as “Pastafarians.” The being resembles a large floating mass of cylindrical pasta with two large eyestalks that carrys meatballs on each side of its body. In January of 2005, the Kansas Board of Education was considering making changes to its science standards. The board proposed that “intelligent design”, the claim that a conscious being created the universe, be presented as an alternative explanation to evolution and that teachers should be required to state that evolution is a theory and not a fact. Bobby Henderson, a 25-year old Oregon University student at the time, noticed that the Board only specified “Intelligent Designer” and not the specific name of any one known deity. This inspired Bobby to protest the proposal by creating the fictional deity named “Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
Invisible Pink Unicorn
Invisible Pink Unicorn (IPU) is the goddess of a parody religion used to satirize theistic beliefs, taking the form of a unicorn that is paradoxically both invisible and pink. This makes her a rhetorical illustration used by atheists and other religious skeptics. Nowadays, the Invisible Pink Unicorn has become a metaphor to depict atheists because it illustrates the problem faced by atheists when asked to disprove the existence of a god by those of a religious persuasion. Due to her invisibility, the existence of the IPU is impossible to disprove, and this is doubly so due to the fact that, according to some, only her believers can see her.
The Singularity, sometimes referred to as “the technological singularity”, is a hypothetical future event in which technological progress will supposedly begin to occur at a near vertical rate. It is often associated with the “intelligence explosion” event, which would result in artificial intelligence systems improving recursively until they become superhuman intelligent beings. Many of the theories revolve around Moore’s law, a postulate that describes a trend in computing hardware history in which the number of transistors on an integrated circuit double approximately every two years. Based on this exponential rate of progression in hardware capacity, some theorize the same breakthrough will happen in areas like artificial intelligence. The notion of a superhuman being arising from a technological singularity is often entertained by transhumanists.
The Creation of Adam Parodies
The Creation of Adam Parodies are photoshops, remade images and live action remakes that play off the fresco painting The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. The Creation of Adam was painted as one of the nine frescos on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican City by Michelangelo between 1511 and 1512. The artwork depicts a bearded man, who represents the Biblical Christian God, floating in the air while reaching out to a nude man, who represents the first human Adam in Abrahamic religions (shown below).
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