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How does God perceive positive and negative states? If a regular person eats a tasty food, he/she experiences pleasure; a rotten egg, disgust. If God experiences pleasure and/or displeasure is it only more by matter of degrees then a person, or infinitely more?(beyond human intensity?)

Second, in my opinion, the mind, whether human or deity, cannot transcend positive and/or negative states/emotions. One can only experience one or the other or both but never neither! There is no third unique emotional state. Just by my merely experiencing of what life offers to me is that I can only experience pleasure/relaxation or displeasure/pain.  It is the law of the Conscious Mind. Do you agree with this?

Although the Bible and the Koran speak of God as having emotions (anger, love, pity, regret, etc.), philosophers have argued that God must be impassive and cannot be subject to change.

You're assuming that a human sense of pleasure and displeasure is somehow canonical -- that what is pleasant for humans must be pleasant for Gods and aliens and so on. That is questionable at best; pleasure and pain are subjective in ways that good and evil are not.

I don't agree with the "law of the conscious mind" as you have stated it. There is a large class of things that give me neither pleasure nor pain. I am sure that that is true for any intelligent being.

It is probably best to think of an infinite variation of responses from complete aversion to complete enjoyment, with indifference in the middle.

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Charles K. MacKay


I can answer a number of questions in philosophy; my academic concentrations (graduate school at Cornell) are ethics, political philosophy, and 19th-century German philosophy (Marx, Hegel, and hangers-on.)



BA, New College, 1971, Philosophy and Religion
Awarded four graduate fellowships upon graduation

MA, Cornell University, 1974
Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

All course work and dissertation drafts completed for Ph.D. Cornell University, 1971-1975, Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

Courses in statistics and microeconomics, George Washington University and The American University, 1976-1978

EXPERIENCE: Health Insurance Specialist 2005 - Present
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US Department of Health and Human Services

Allentown Business School Instructor (Computer Science) 2003 - 2005

Northampton Community College
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy 2003 -2005

Lehigh County Community College
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Medicare Made Easy (with Charles B. Inlander) Addison-Wesley, 1989

Good Operations, Bad Operations (with Charles B. Inlander) Viking Press, 1993

Health Rebooted: Information Changes Everything (in press), 2008

Bachelor of Arts, Philosphy and Religion, New College, 1971 Master of Arts, Social and Political Philosophy, Cornell University, 1975

Awards and Honors
Danforth Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

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