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Talk:Intelligent falling

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More like Intelligent failing...

Not really that new. One of Isaac Newton's explanations for the mechanism of gravity (throughout his life, he had several) was that just as space is the sensorium of God, gravity is basically the Divine Grace. Not that far-fetched if you consider that according to Newton, the slow deterioration of the planets' orbits meant that occasionally, God gently nudges them back to their proper places; that was one of the points od criticism by several contemporaries, including Leibniz. -- (talk) 21:42, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

Indeed, not at all new. Assorted Arab philosophers, digesting Greek philosophy, came up with a description of the world in which everything happens by the direct action of the divine will; this got imported wholesale (albeit without credit) by Thomas Aquinas and his peers so was pretty much the orthodox view of how everything worked - up until Galileo and Newton showed some of what was happening followed really simple rules. Even then, the view that this was just God following rules persisted - the Laws of Nature were considered to be (in effect) the default mode of how God pushed everything around, unless He felt like messing with us. So Newton using it was just his way of saying he wasn't a heretic for describing a pattern in God's Work. None of which detracts from the value of the parody, since it's a world-view we've pretty thoroughly abandoned, just as we're well on the way to abandoning a certain other incoherent conjecture about things happening because of an intelligent agent driving them. – Eddy (talk) 19:55, 4 May 2018 (UTC)


A mention of this perhaps? Anna Livia (talk) 00:19, 11 December 2018 (UTC)