Is There A System Administrator?

by Andy Gray

Given that there is a lot of discussion about whether or not our LAN really does have a System Administrator, and given that no empirical evidence of the existence or non-existence of the System Administrator is extant, I thought it would be helpful to have a frank and open discussion about the issues surrounding the concept.

Here are some popular arguments:

Argument from Design:

Counter-argument:


First Causes argument:

Counter-argument:


The Argument from Popularity:

Counter-argument:


The Argument from Authority:

Counter-argument:


The Cartesian Argument:

Counter-argument:


The Ontological Proof:

Counter-argument:


The Spinozist Argument:

However:

Counter-argument:

At least this resolves one of the major issues: the Spinozist argument proves that *if* the System Administrator does exist, it cannot be intelligent.


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