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[Short Story] Jorge Luis Borges – Argumentum Orinthologicum

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I close my eyes and see a flock of birds. The vision lasts a second or perhaps less; I don’t know how many birds I saw. Were they a definite or an indefinite number? This problem involves the question of the existence of God. If God exists, the number is definite, because how many birds I saw is known to God. If God does not exist, the number is indefinite, because nobody was able to take count. In this case, I saw fewer than ten birds (let’s say) and more than one; but I did not see nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, or two birds. I saw a number between ten and one, but not nine, eight, seven, six, five, etc. That number, as a whole number, is inconceivable; ergo, God exists.

A slightly surrealistic short story by the genre’s master, Jorge Luis Borges. His point? God is not only in the details, but between them, in those crevices in time and space which we cannot comprehend, apparently.