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Omniscience

Ea
shrewd god; knew everything in advance. [Babylonian Myth.: Gilgamesh]
God
knows all: past, present, and future. [Christianity and Judaism: NCE, 1098–1099]
Santa Claus
he knows who has been bad or good. [Western Folklore: Misc.]
Sphinx
ancient Egyptian symbol of all-knowingness. [Heraldry: Halberts, 38]
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We see, then, that the omniscient benevolent dictator who solves the planner's problem has been a part of economic analysis for at least three-quarters of a century, but it gained increased stature with the Arrow and Debreu (1954) proof of the uniqueness and stability of competitive equilibrium.
Some readers may have trouble warming to Palma's metafictional devices or chatty, omniscient narrator.
This is the philosophical challenge that Buddhist philosophy poses for the contemporary religious context, since Buddhism's ongoing challenge to theistic religions is its claim that the "holy life," as proclaimed by the Buddha, can be lived without reference to a singular, omnipresent, omniscient, and eternal deity.
In a seemingly self-conscious manner the text generates discord between the first-person voice of the narrator, Roger Lambert (a professor of divinity in a New England university, who delivers a kind of self-centered confessional narrative) and an omniscient, seemingly third-person perspective from which the (same) narrator relates events beyond his possible ken.
The Mary argument goes from the premise that Mary, a scientist whose experiences have only been in black and white, is physically omniscient about humans, to the claim that physical omniscience is not omniscience simpliciter, since Mary learns something new when she sees a red tomato for the first time.
Anselmian theists, for whom God is the being than which no greater can be thought, usually infer that he is an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent being.
The novel is divided into three sections, and the chapters in parts 2 and 3 alternate between omniscient narration and entries from Solana's manuscript.
But before progressing to those larger consequences, Bennett's omniscient narrator shows us the internal changes that give rise to the Queen's newly broadened perspective.
Memories from a Sinking Ship is presented in episodic chapters, some told in the first person and some told in the omniscient third, of Roy's childhood spent alongside his mother, a sort of middle-aged Holly Golightly.
The biggest flaw of the book is its third-person omniscient voice, which makes it clear to the reader that this is Wells's story about how she and her husband's pet project was instrumental to the healing journeys of these activists, not their own personal narratives of transformation.
He added there would be no need to contact God directly because God is omniscient.