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New God Argument (Version 3.0)

by Lincoln Cannon on 09 May 2014 (updated 23 June 2015)

New God Argument (Version 3.0)

Below is an experimental formulation (version 3.0) of the New God Argument. Those familiar with previous formulations of the argument will note the following changes. First, I combined all assumptions about human futurity into the Faith Assumption. Second, I dropped the Angel Argument because its conclusion is redundant with that of the Creation Argument. Third, I reformulated and renamed the Benevolence Argument as the Compassion Argument. I’m interested in your feedback on whether and why this may or may not be an improved formulation. What do you like? What do you not like? Why? Thank you.

If humanity will not go extinct before evolving into creative and compassionate posthumanity then posthumanity probably created our world and probably is more compassionate than we have the capacity to imagine. The only alternative is that humanity probably will go extinct before evolving into creative and compassionate posthumanity.

Faith Assumption

[F1 assumption] humanity will not go extinct before evolving into posthumanity AND posthumanity will create many worlds that emulate its evolutionary history AND posthumanity will cultivate compassion by connecting experientially with its creations

Creation Argument

[CR1 assumption from the Simulation Argument] EITHER humanity probably will go extinct before evolving into a posthumanity OR posthumanity probably will not compute many worlds that emulate its evolutionary history OR posthumanity probably computed our world

[CR2 generalization from CR1] EITHER humanity probably will go extinct before evolving into posthumanity OR posthumanity probably will not create many worlds that emulate its evolutionary history OR posthumanity probably created our world

[CR3 deduction from CR2 and F1] posthumanity probably created our world

Compassion Argument

[CO1 assumption] EITHER posthumanity probably did not create our world OR posthumanity probably will not cultivate compassion by connecting experientially with its creations OR posthumanity probably is more compassionate toward us than we have the capacity to imagine

[CO2 deduction from CO1 and CR3 and F1] posthumanity probably is more compassionate toward us than we have the capacity to imagine

God Conclusion

[G1 deduction from CR3 and CO2] posthumanity probably created our world AND posthumanity probably is more compassionate toward us than we have the capacity to imagine

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