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Proving the existence of the Great Pumpkin

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rene Descartes attempted to prove the existence of God by arguing, roughly speaking, that the idea of “God” in his brain could not have been created by his own experience. Therefore, God must exist — how else would that idea of “God” be in his brain?

Though I believe in God myself, I never bought this argument as a proof. “God” could easily be a construction of various concepts. Imagine a human as perfect and omnipotent, then think long and hard about how we all got here. Then consider that different civilizations have different concepts of God, and Descartes’ proof runs aground.

But if we apply Descartes’ ontological proof to holiday classics, we can prove that Linus was right.

Linus has the concept of a Great Pumpkin in his head. No one else put it there — as far as we know, Linus is the sole believer in the Great Pumpkin’s existence, so no one set out to convert him to the faith. The concept of a Great Pumpkin is a little too fanciful to have been created in a little boy’s imagination.

Therefore, the Great Pumpkin must have planted the idea of a Great Pumpkin in Linus’ head. Therefore, the Great Pumpkin must exist.

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