Omniscience


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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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His divine attributes of omnipresence, omniscience, and omnipotence and eternity are exclusive, my dear readers.
When he encounters difficult subordinates, like the two uppity ladies claiming they are his equals and causing him public embarrassment by questioning his omniscience and inalienable right to judge them, he resorts to a very smart face-saving tactic -- announcing he will report them to the Attorney-General.
Paranoia is associated closely with omniscience in its compulsive desire to know, its compulsive projection of knowledge into uncertainty.
That sort of omniscience, combined with ubiquitous cameras capturing events in real time and thus making long-term evasion extremely unlikely, will lead to major reductions in both privacy and crime.
Almighty Allah is powerful enough to create worlds within worlds, to create all things from nothing, and gloriously shows His sublime omniscience by creating atoms in tiny specks of space and making atoms, which themselves consist of 99 percent empty space, the natural causes of matter itself.
However it is in Crow's omniscience that his writing really succeeds, and though you often hate the unwanted visitor, his twisted support is understandable and strangely desired.
We all feel the need to present ourselves in the best possible light, but this really shouldn't extend to feigned omniscience.
Furthermore, every narrator swears omniscience when it comes to Lou's fall.
"Omniscience" has recently been revived as a subject of literary-critical interest, partly due to Jonathan Culler's 2004 article in which he argued that it "conflates and confuses several different factors" enough as to be essentially meaningless (22).
Can the necessity of, at most, a single Supreme Being be deduced from logic applied to the definition of universal omniscience? Based on Godelian reasoning and a need for logical consistency, we make a case that it can.
Austin's omniscience in the book, though not quite believable, ties together the story well and justifies the salvations and deaths of the characters.
As for The Crimson House, it promises to draw connections between divine omniscience and Big Brother, investigating power, surveillance and conscience in the modern world.