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I Am NOT God

October 14, 2012, 8:00 PM

I know it’s an easy mistake, especially given my divinely handsome looks.  But please don’t confuse me with God, and please stop worshiping me.  I am not God.

Yes, I do know everything, and, yes, I can predict the future.  But it’s not because I am God, but because I’m an evolutionary psychologist.  Any evolutionary psychologist knows as much as I do (and much more).  It’s not our divinity that allows us to know everything and to predict the future; it’s the power of good theory.

In this particular case, I differ from two of my personal idols, Alec Baldwin and Aaron Sorkin.



I am not God.

My fellow scientists and I are humble servants of God, who merely try to figure out and explain how things work in the universe that God created.  We did not create the universe or anything in it.  We did not create the race or sex difference in intelligence, and we did not create the race or sex difference in physical attractiveness.  God did.

If you have a problem with the explanation for how the world works, you take it up with the scientist (but only if your problem is logical or evidentiary; no other reason is legitimate).  If you have a problem with how the world works, you take it up with God.  You can email your complaint to God at:  Complaints@LifeTheUniverseAndEverything.ie

Yes, God is Irish.  You didn’t know?  I did, because – wait for it – I know everything.


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