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MIT prof was smarter than God

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Rosalind Picard,
Director of Affective Computing Research
Faculty Chair, MIT

Well, anyway, she thought so:

As early as grade school, when I was a voracious reader and a straight-A student, I identified with being smart. And I believed smart people didn’t need religion. As a result, I declared myself an atheist and dismissed people who believed in God as uneducated.

In high school, I led a classroom debate team arguing for a godless form of evolution, confident my side would win because “this was science.” When the class voted and awarded victory to the creation side, I was dumbstruck. Most people didn’t understand science, I figured—either that, or they were unduly swayed by the most popular girl in class. She had a swimming pool in her backyard and threw fun parties. Rosalind Picard, “An MIT Professor Meets the Author of All Knowledge” at Christianity Today

Um… she allowed people to know that she was smarter than they were and that’s rarely a winning social move. Anyway, it’s happened elsewhere. But then

I once thought I was too smart to believe in God. Now I know I was an arrogant fool who snubbed the greatest Mind in the cosmos—the Author of all science, mathematics, art, and everything else there is to know. Today I walk humbly, having received the most undeserved grace. I walk with joy, alongside the most amazing Companion anyone could ask for, filled with desire to keep learning and exploring. Rosalind Picard, “An MIT Professor Meets the Author of All Knowledge” at Christianity Today

Well, good for her. In the world of Chaitin’s number, you hope people will start to be more careful. Onward!

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Hat tip: Philip Cunningham

See also: Logic spaghetti: Who created God? Mark Tapscott: What are the most difficult questions to answer? Solid candidates are those which by virtue of how they are posed eliminate the only logical and correct answers. (Introducing mathematician John Lennox)

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