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Deus Ex Machina

It was, undoubtedly, the Golden Age of Man – of that there was no question. After a mere 700 years of a battery of five world wars within a span of a century, mankind had finally gotten its act together. Global warming had effectively submerged Bombay, Hong Kong, New York and came close to threating London neutralizing any old world order – thank god for the marvelous luck of having people in power who agreed to build a world state at a time when there was no other option. Adjustment was not a problem, the majority of the people who had a problem with the New World Order were taken care of by nature – 60 odd years were all that was needed for their generation to pass on; and the youth are rarely scared of taking the reins. After that it was a matter of time. Saving for genetic defects, diseases were eliminated. Particle physics advanced fast enough for scientists to finally be able to tap into anti-matter, and get that bounty of energy they so sorely needed, and then mankind reproduced like bunnies. You could see it now – colonies reaching as far as the moons of Jupiter, all with their own private artificial geodesic domes that could have put the Garden of Eden to shame. Politics was a thing of the past, people were more concerned with living a good life than deciding who gets to decide how people should live a good life.

Of course there was one thing no one ever could quite get a hang of – the whole God business. It was bad enough when there was just Earth where man lived, imagine the problem compounded by children being born on different worlds that had never seen Earth itself. Christ and Mohammed had taken a backseat, there were bigger players at the table now. They were only prophets of Gods, and there were some new kids on the block. The great minds responsible for keeping all of humankind together – those eccentric geniuses of psychology, population dynamics, sub-quantum theoretical physicists and the occasional elemental chemist thrown in – they knew if they had to prevent the inter-planetary war that was so obviously coming in the next half a millenium, they had to nip this one in the bud. And they went about building the only thing that could give a definite answer to the question on everyone’s minds – Is there a God?

It was what would become the most powerful computational system ever designed – calling it a mere “computer” – a throwback to the old 20th century days – would be calling an ion-propelled spaceship a bicycle. It was christened Deep Thought, a reference to a fictional computer in the seminal work of Douglas Adams, who first proposed the bold idea of inter-galactic travel and inter-galactic travel guides. To build it was no mean feat, but their task was a lot easier given they’d taken care of minor hassles like the speed of light that bothered ancient thinkers like Einstein (God rest his soul (given there is a God (which we shall now find out))).

And it was done. The greatest of minds gathered in the Grand Hall that housed Deep Thought, all the homes in all the cities in all the domes in all the planets all watching their holovisions with utmost attention, waiting for the answer to the question. Deep Thought was given its first gigawatt of power.

And it was asked : “Tell us, Deep thought, is there a God?”

Deep in thought, within a few picoseconds Deep Thought scanned all known history about Gods, myths, legends, philosophical and mathematical theories for and against the existence of “God”, and gave his answer:

“Well, now there is.”

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  1. Rohan Jain
    April 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    This is sooooo doc type humour…… 🙂

  2. April 26, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Good one. Geek-kind’s favorite dream, I bet. Hail dear God, this one sure entails deep thought. Nice to see u back in form.

  3. Medury
    April 27, 2008 at 12:24 am


  4. Sumeet
    April 27, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Wao! Awesome. If you ever write a book some day, I would be the first one to buy it!!

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