Post by AndrewCrossett on Sept 2, 2010 16:40:38 GMT -5
Omnipotent means you can't fail. Think: God.
The "object so heavy he can't lift it" argument is a semantic trap rather than a real logic problem. Its wording inherently contradicts its own premise. It's like asking "Can God make the smallest stone in the world but make it bigger than a house?"
I doubt Buffy and Angel have Jehovah-like control over their little world, mainly because in the Jossverse it's obvious that there are no beings of such unlimited power. Even the Powers That Be can't seem to get a damned thing done unless they talk some mortals into doing it for them.
Still, awesome virtual reality world for Buffy and Angel. They should charge admission. The sexual applications have already been well demonstrated.
Hence paradox. What you call a semantic trap, others see as a logic problem. Usually depends on whether you believe in God or not. It's a silly little game, and really bears no real weight here, as neither Angel nor Buffy have been established as omnipotent, and hey, even if they both are (according to the story, not logic, since you said that there can only be ONE), then they can stay in a permanent arm wrestling match.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2010 17:17:30 GMT -5 by wenxina
Post by AndrewCrossett on Sept 2, 2010 19:43:24 GMT -5
I guess if I were an omnipotent God, I'd answer the question of "can you make a rock so big you can't lift it" with "I can not only kill you dead with a stray thought, but can alter time and reality so that you never existed in the first place... also with a stray thought. NOW how important is it whether I can make a rock so big I can't lift it?"
The Universe was wise in not making me an omnipotent God.