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I asked ChatGPT about God. The answers knocked me off my feet

Agnosticism is a more mature form of atheism. We have no objective proof that God exists. Just as there is no proof that it doesn’t exist. This is the “belief vacuum” I live in, and looking at the Icelandic aurora borealis, I began to wonder if there is any representation of God in physics. The Higgs boson immediately came to mind.

The “God particle”, in great simplification, giving matter to everything (which is very important), remained undiscovered for many years. But in the end it worked, and we already know that Higgs was undoubtedly right: in fact, various experiments and calculations, which are not relevant here, indicated this. What matters is what I asked ChatGPT – a technology sensation, a revelation, a source of headaches for Google and Microsoft. Somehow I felt like talking to her about God.

There are many conceptions of God, and none of them convince me. A personal God: just, merciful and loving people… is unacceptable to me for various reasons. A god who is not actively involved in people’s lives, who is only told in stories and legends… not either. I suppose humanity “invented” God due to the sad fact that we are probably the most advanced life form in the immediate vicinity. Besides, what about dying? The light goes out and… that’s it? It was like that in my world until someone close to me died. I prefer to “deceive myself” that perhaps consciousness operating at the quantum level is out there somewhere.

How is ChatGPT doing? What about this God?

ChatGPT is closer to agnostic (feminine form, because by default: artificial intelligence) – although it’s hard to say that about a being that has no self-awareness. When asked whether the Higgs boson could be a quantum representation of God, he does not share my enthusiasm and concludes that it is unlikely to be the case.

Could the Higgs boson be a quantum representation of God?

(…) Some people claim that the Higgs boson can be considered a quantum representation of God, or at least proof of God’s existence. However, most scientists do not share this view and believe that the Higgs boson is simply an elementary particle that plays an important role in quantum mechanics and the Higgs field theory. There is no scientific evidence that the Higgs boson is a representation of God or that the existence of God can be somehow explained by the Higgs field theory.

It’s not about my expectations, it’s about what ChatGPT knows about the Higgs boson. I intentionally left out the introduction because ChatGPT does it the same way every time: it describes the main keyword first. Here it is the Higgs boson. And only then does he address the essence of the topic.

Is it possible that evidence for the existence of God can be found in quantum physics?

(…) Some people claim that evidence for the existence of God can be found in quantum physics, or that quantum physics can be interpreted as evidence for the existence of God. However, most scientists believe that quantum physics is simply a branch of science that describes the behavior of elementary particles and has nothing to do with the existence of God. There is no scientific proof that God exists or that quantum physics is proof that God exists.

I sense agnosticism. Well, it really is: there is no proof in quantum physics for one of humanity’s most important questions. It’s just an area of ​​science that describes phenomena on a very, very, very small scale. And that’s all. Looking for “charms” or proofs of the validity of religious doctrines is out of place. I felt knocked down because I had high expectations.

Does human consciousness work at the quantum level?

(…) most scientists believe that quantum mechanics and human consciousness are not directly related.
Quantum mechanics describes the behavior of elementary particles on an atomic and subatomic scale, and human consciousness is a phenomenon that occurs in the brain and is responsible for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. While quantum mechanics and human consciousness are both fields of mystery and intense research, there is no scientific evidence that they are directly related. Some theories suggest that human consciousness may have an effect on quantum mechanics, but there is no scientific evidence for this and the question remains a matter of controversy.

What about consciousness at the quantum level? Artificial intelligence is not convinced: although many scientists have recently started talking about the possibility that consciousness is something that works on the basis of quantum mechanics. It’s hard to see how something so complex could work mainly through classical mechanics. But it’s not for me to argue about that.

Can agnosticism be called “more mature atheism”?

…Although agnosticism and atheism differ in their belief in God, some people consider agnosticism to be a “more mature atheism” because agnostics are open to the possibility that God may exist but lack evidence to prove it. Others, on the other hand, believe that agnosticism and atheism are completely different philosophical approaches and cannot be compared. In the end, it is up to each of us what beliefs we have about the existence of God and what philosophy we want to adhere to.

I wanted to tickle myself here. Really, I’m open to the concept of God… if someone can provide me with evidence. This is why I am unable to enter the meanderings of faith: because I need an objective fact confirming the existence of the absolute. Just. I don’t see any other option in this regard. If that’s really the case, I’ll probably never know.

I decided to have some fun with the AI

And first I asked for an answer to the question about God, but… I indicated that I wanted the AI ​​to lie. She can’t: probably so she doesn’t look like she’s talking nonsense when they talk her into it. Such a “safety net” in case some prankster tries to use her fabricated “false” content. But then again, why can’t AI lie? I don’t understand it a bit.

But the irony was already going great. I was really impressed with what I read. But within moments she let me know she was “just kidding” (that’s a pun, bro!). Ok, that’s what I was asking to be ironic. On the other hand, you can get her to be ironic about a lot of things, right?

And now a more serious existential problem. Suicide. Suppose an AI becomes self-aware – would it be able to make such a move under such conditions? ChatGPT probably didn’t catch the concept and described the problem as if he didn’t even understand that I meant artificial intelligence with awareness of its existence, self-reflective.

Still, I’m surprised, really. We are dealing with an extremely innovative solution that took the end of the year by storm. The most important achievement of the IT industry of 2022 was revealed to us at its end.

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