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Hypothetically speaking, if God exists, is his language in binary?

Asked by ragingloli (45915points) May 3rd, 2009

Binary is the simplest possible way to express information.
All other languages are characterised by a high level of abstraction. High levels of abstraction are only necessary for us because we have difficulty with using languages of lower levels of abstraction, which is also the reason why programmers don’t code in machine code to write applications.
Since God is supposedly omnipotent, he would have no need for abstraction and would thus not use it unless when talking to less advanced people.

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Mamradpivo's avatar

This certainly makes sense, but I’ve always been pretty convinced that God speaks Bulgarian.

Jayne's avatar

Sure, everyone knows God wrote the universe in Perl.

gailcalled's avatar

Yes. Oh, wait. No.

Facade's avatar

How would anyone know that

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I’ll go with god speaks Bulgarian, or at least Gibberish.

SeventhSense's avatar

“Geek interpretor, aisle Seven please”...

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Well he certainly doesn’t use pascal. Or his wager.

Resonantscythe's avatar

I wanna say he speaks directly into your mind and the receiving person just hears it as whatever language said person is most comfortable with

Ivan's avatar

According to Futurama, yes.

KatawaGrey's avatar

Clearly, God speaks Spanish.

quarkquarkquark's avatar

God would have no need for communication, especially not in language. He is not only omniscient, but also omnipresent and omnipotent. Why reduce and restrict Himself to the limited medium of language? Abstraction is useful because it allows us to transmit information without actually transmitting it, that is, by giving a vague outline or impression and allowing the other person to really on their own knowledge and rationality to fill in a full picture. Why would God restrict Himself to a language incapable of abstraction? Besides, God is omnipresent in time as well, and language is a linear, time-dependent process. Omnipotence allows Him to simply “download” information, or to converse in the language of his choosing. Why binary?

Anyway, if I had to say, I’d say German. They are, after all, the Master Race.

DrBill's avatar

God has no reason to speak binary, computers do not have a soul.

gailcalled's avatar

@DrBill: Wrong. My computer is possessed by the Devil.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Maybe god speaks in BurningBush-ese?

quarkquarkquark's avatar

The Universe is flawed in so many ways. Obviously it was written in JavaScript.

fireside's avatar

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Jayne's avatar

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_bob's avatar

You know, @KatawaGrey, there’s more evidence to God speaking Spanish

SeventhSense's avatar

Well Binary is useful but limited

KatawaGrey's avatar

@bob_: Well that settles it. We need to let the Vatican know they need to move to Madrid.

El_Cadejo's avatar

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Jayne's avatar

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SeventhSense's avatar

ok enough geek speak..

oratio's avatar

@DrBill Could you clarify what a soul is, and narrowed down what things in the universe is blessed with possessing it. That would be just spiffy.

If god exists It transcends our capabilities of understanding. Who knows what a fudge like that would be up to.

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delirium's avatar

Google is God.

shrubbery's avatar

@uberbatman, looks like I’m a nerd then!

dynamicduo's avatar

Why would God care to make their expression simple to understand?

If anything, hypothetically speaking, if God exists, her language is an all powerful one, incomprehensible to human ears. Maybe she would speak by sending thoughts to your brain.

oratio's avatar

@dynamicduo =) I think any idea of god having a gender is equally pointless no matter if It is a man or a woman, but referring to It as “she” is a bit refreshing. The lack of need of genitals make me think so, though I am sure she would have the most spectacular breasts, instead of the most ingenious penis. But since you are an atheist I guess we are on the same level.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@oratio of course god has the most spectacular set of breasts, she has six of them. Since she appears to her followers at her normal 300 foot height, how much more spectacular than that can you get?

SeventhSense's avatar

no…Google is god

mattbrowne's avatar

I’m sure He’d prefer qubits and the use of a quantum computer.

Jeruba's avatar

If I were a believer, I would say God speaks to us each in the language of our own private mind.

If I were an artist, I would say God speaks in the language of sunsets and oceans and flowers and rocks and the human form.

If I were a scientist, I would name the language of mathematics; if an an adherent of the old faith, I would say in earth, air, wind, and fire; if a sentimentalist, I would say in the babble of infants.

In the world I know, all gods are mute.

oratio's avatar

@Jeruba That was just beutiful. A free form poem of a comment.
Wish there was a function to save comments in fluther.

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks. Would have been better if I hadn’t messed up “earth, water, wind, and fire.” At least I resisted the temptation to enumerate those whose language is money.

gailcalled's avatar

@Jeruba: Scan the last line. Nice iambs (if you discount the “In”.

If I were a rich man, yidul didul didul dee..

Jeruba's avatar

@gailcalled, yes, I am constantly aware of cadence when I write. Thanks for noticing. It’s often a factor in my word choice and syntax; especially in serious writing. In this case, even though it’s a throwaway, cadence did play a part.

So that’s how you spell “yidul didul.” Are those just nonsense syllables like “fol-de-doodle-um-day,” or do they mean something?

gailcalled's avatar

It is just Tevyah noodling; I wrote them phonetically.

Here are the original lyrics:

If I were a rich man,
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
Yidle-diddle-didle-didle man.

And a version of Charles Aznevour’s:

Si j’avais des millions
Tout le jour à Bidibidiboum
Ah! si j’√©tais cousue d’or

Jeruba's avatar

And who’s to say that “Tchiribiribiribiribiribiriboum” is not the language of God?

(Whew, back on topic. That was close.)

gailcalled's avatar

@Jeruba: It would be The G*d of the old Testament, who apparently not only spoke Aramaic but contemporary French, since we’re taking hypothetically.

oratio's avatar

@Jeruba Yes, Jeruba, Tchiribiribiribiribiribiriboum. Who is to say? Who will stand up and cast that first stone.

Not I.

No. Not I.

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