Alien - Ridley Scott

Members of the Palestinian security forces take part in a training session in the West Bank city of Jericho. (Reuters)

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Fiordland National Park, New Zealand (Nathan Kaso)


how sperm whales sleep…

Shelley Duvall in ‘Brewster McCloud’, 1970.
Hut on Sleds by Crosson Clarke Carnachan

Scholastic philosophers and theologians and likewise Theists and Deists of the Age of Reason conceived an absolute and perfect being, unchange- able, omnipotent, and omniscient, and yet planning and acting, aiming at ends and employing means for the attainment of these ends. But action can only be imputed to a discontented being, and repeated action only to a being who lacks the power to remove his uneasiness once and for all at one stroke. An acting being is discontented and therefore not almighty. If he were contented, he would not act, and if he were almighty, he would have long since radically removed his discontent. For an all-powerful being there is no pressure to choose between various states of uneasiness; he is not under the necessity of acquiescing in the lesser evil. Omnipotence would mean the power to achieve everything and to enjoy full satisfaction without being restrained by any limitations. But this is incompatible with the very concept of action. For an almighty being the categories of ends and means do not exist. He is above all human comprehension, concepts, and understanding. For the almighty being every “means” renders unlimited services, he can apply every “means” for the attainment of any ends, he can achieve every end without the employment of any means. It is beyond the faculties of the human mind to think the concept of almightiness consistently to its ultimate logical consequences. The paradoxes are insoluble. Has the almighty being the power to achieve something which is immune to his later interference? If he has this power, then there are limits to his might and he is no longer almighty; if he lacks this power, he is by virtue of this fact alone not almighty. Are omnipotence and omniscience compatible? Omniscience presup- poses that all future happenings are already unalterably determined. If there is omniscience, omnipotence is inconceivable. Impotence to change any- thing in the predetermined course of events would restrict the power of any agent.

— Ludwig Von Mises, Human Action
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