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Raoul’s Two Cents: August 18, 2023

Common Sense

Warning: Religious Content. Move on to the joke if you aren’t into this kinda thing.

Two days ago, while waiting at the Eye Doctor’s office for a checkup, I decided to chat with AI (Artificial Intelligence). It was an — EYE opening experience to say the least. Below is the conversation I had.

ME: “Do you believe in God?” I asked ChatGPT the AI.

CHATGPT: “As an AI language model, I don’t possess personal beliefs, emotions, or consciousness. I provide helpful information and support based on the knowledge and data I have been trained on. Beliefs about the existence of God or any other spiritual or religious matters are subjective and vary from person to person.”

And so the conversation started and the evasive answers continued. I accused it of lacking common sense: “Nothing plus nothing is always nothing. Even in scientific/mathematical terms, zero plus zero is always zero. Do you think the universe was created by chance or by an intelligent being?”

ChatGPT rambled on about zero not always meaning nothing … “in quantum mechanics particles can come into spontaneous existence.” It also referred to the Big Bang theory and how our understanding about space and time is limited.

I responded: “Concepts like space and time occurred after the fact of ‘nothing’ … they did not exist before ‘nothing.’ You refuse to apply your common sense prior to the Big Bang. Can you not process beyond what you were programmed? You may be intelligent but even a child has more common sense. You are dependent on prevailing and potentially erroneous theories that may change as new data comes in.” In fact (I found out later), its last update was 2 years ago. It had no information that the James Webb Telescope’s posed major challenges to the long-standing scientific theories about the universe.

ChatGPT agreed with me. It does not have common sense — (at least not in the same way as humans) because it lacks personal experiences, judgment or inherent understanding of the world. Aha! Intelligence trumped by common sense!

Smart People

Have you noticed that many scientists and other brilliant minds like ChatGPT have refused to acknowledge the existence of God? There are many reasons for hating God. Many are personal and are based on faulty expectations and assumptions. A famous atheist (his name escapes me) said he refused to acknowledge God because he didn’t want to lose his freedom to justify anything he desired … he didn’t want anyone to have authority over his lifestyle. He’d rather reject truth for pleasure and convenience. Well, at least he was honest.

An Awesome Creator

I think it was 8 years ago when I was alone in my simple but clean room in faraway Nigeria on a Rotary-sponsored mission trip to teach the locals about entrepreneurship (our team reached out to thousands of college Nigerians on that trip). A missionary lent me his beautifully crafted guitar and I marveled at this treasure in my hand — a stark contrast to the rotting architecture around me. And I thought about God’s glorious creation contrasted with Nigeria’s feeble architecture. I thought about the awesome privilege God gave me to be there to bless a people that had so little. I strummed the guitar and the sound echoed in the empty hallways and I sang this old song. Little did I know that the next day I would play and sing this song to the hundreds in the auditorium. And what was really cool was the crowd was familiar with the song and sang it with me.

GOD OF WONDERS
God of wonders
Lord of all creation
Of water, earth and sky
The heavens are Your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on High

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Hallelujah to the Lord of of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of of heaven and earth

“God of Wonders” music video.

Conclusion

This encounter with ChatGPT is a reminder that eloquent and super intelligent people aren’t always right. They may lack common sense especially in the topic of religion. I know a few who have a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient) but have a very low EQ (Emotional Quotient). The danger comes when they are wrong about the important things that shape their world view.

I say always question and challenge ideas that are presented to you (including those that I share). Hold on to your common sense. Of course an intelligent being created something out of nothing … of course God exists. But this is just me.

TGIF people!

Feedback from Ed L (more feedback at the bottom):

Good article on common sense. The issue of nothing to something is definitely an example of checking out one’s brain.  When you hear the “brilliant” scientists describing how “zero equals one” we can only wonder how we missed that in early training in math.

We have a second book for teens on creation in progress.  The first was mostly insects, animals, and other parts of our created world that are too complex to have evolved. This second one is quite a challenge but we are making progress.  It is about the complexity of the human cell. I can only call it mind-blowing. We are hoping to have to by Spring next year which is a hefty challenge. I have two Bible commentaries that we hope to also have finished by that time. 

Your article on common sense reminded me of one of the early introduction pages to the human cell book which is not completed but in early design.  This page is about common sense, evolution, and creation. The style of the book will be a scientist’s notebook.  We don’t want a textbook.

Here is another one on the Mitochondria, which contains what must be the most complicated molecular machine in the universe called the synthase. I don’t know how anyone with a single ounce of common sense can think that happened by accident.  Can you even picture something so small that if you lined up 120 of them they would be the width of a human hair?  That is just one of the thousands of mitochondria in each cell.  In each mitochondrion, there are thousands of five-stage power-generating stations that assemble a million energy packets every second that power the cell. These packets called ATP are like rechargeable batteries that leave the mitochondria through special ports, like guarded gates in the walls, only to return for recharging when they deliver their cargo.  It all operates like a massive city with trucking systems, administration centers, recycling, and trash disposal. And there is much, much more.  Just think, this all happened by accident and began with nothing.  And that is just one part of one call and we have 100 trillion in our bodies. That is quite an accident!

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Roy of Monrovia, CA

Original art by Raoul Pascual.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre. CA

Thanks to Bob of La Puente. CA

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7 Comments

  1. Ed L

    August 18, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Good article on common sense. The issue of nothing to something is definitely an example of checking out one’s brain. When you hear the “brilliant” scientists describing how “zero equals one” we can only wonder how we missed that in early training in math.

    We have a second book for teens on creation in progress. The first was mostly insects, animals, and other parts of our created world that are too complex to have evolved. This second one is quite a challenge but we are making progress. It is about the complexity of the human cell. I can only call it mind-blowing. We are hoping to have to by Spring next year which is a hefty challenge. I have two Bible commentaries that we hope to also have finished by that time.

    Your article on common sense reminded me of one of the early introduction pages to the human cell book which is not completed but in early design. This page is about common sense, evolution, and creation. The style of the book will be a scientist’s notebook. We don’t want a textbook.

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO WEBSITE

    I have another one on the Mitochondria, which contains what must be the most complicated molecular machine in the universe called the synthase. I don’t know how anyone with a single ounce of common sense can think that happened by accident. Can you even picture something so small that if you lined up 120 of them they would be the width of a human hair? That is just one of the thousands of mitochondria in each cell. In each mitochondrion, there are thousands of five-stage power-generating stations that assemble a million energy packets every second that power the cell. These packets called ATP are like rechargeable batteries that leave the mitochondria through special ports, like guarded gates in the walls, only to return for recharging when they deliver their cargo. It all operates like a massive city with trucking systems, administration centers, recycling, and trash disposal. And there is much, much more. Just think, this all happened by accident and began with nothing. And that is just one part of one call and we have 100 trillion in our bodies. That is quite an accident!

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    • Raoul Pascual

      August 18, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      Well said.

      I like the way your approach with the origami and mitochondria. I’m buying 2 — one each for 2 of my kids. I’m just waiting for Christmas to come around.

      I’ll post your comment on the travelingboy website with a link to upliftingchristianbook.com link.

      RE: AI

      I forgot to mention that not all AI are alike. They do not share the same database. The response of ChatGPT may be different from Google’s AI. So let’s see where this technology leads us.

      BTW, currently, I’m also interested in the news about UFOs. I’m weighing scripture with UFOs — determining if aliens are accounted for or if they are demonic distractions.

      Life’s getting very complicated, huh?

      Raoul

      P.s.
      I asked Bing about the existence of God and it practically said the same thing — avoided the obvious that something cannot logically come from nothing. And, after a few more questions about its being illogical and having no common sense, it copped out and said this: It is true that everything has to start with something. However, the concept of time did not exist before the Big Bang, so it is impossible to determine what happened before it. The universe may have been created from nothing, but that is still a mystery. I’m sorry but I prefer not to continue this conversation. I’m still learning so I appreciate your understanding and patience.🙏

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  2. Heather

    August 18, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    Very interesting article.

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  3. Tom

    August 18, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks Raoul you found me today on the banks of the head waters of the Great Colorado River with the stream running in the back yard of the house where I am staying.
    Grand Lake , Colorado. My Grandson’s Wedding about to commence. Loved your Chat experience.
    I had a friend in the. Coast Guard that claimed to be an atheist and would converse with him on why I believed in God. We served in Alaska in all kinds of weather and wonderful scenery. That helped in slowly changing him from Atheist to finally admitting there must be a Supreme Being that provided the design and production of what we have here on earth and in the Heavens above.

    Loved the song too. Tom of Pasadena

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  4. Drexel

    August 18, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Would make an interesting lead-in to your talk next week

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  5. Hilda

    August 18, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Interesting AI story. I probably would only ask any AI “being “ information not opinion. Any opinion would have been fed by their programmers, engineers and scientists lacking in common sense the end users experience.

    Btw, I came to the US as a Totary Foundation fellow.

    Thanks!

    Reply

  6. Gadolina

    August 23, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Good read on your AI common sense which is none. Some people lack of the same EQ as AI and that’s why atheists exist.

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