Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Machine Elves, God and Religion Connection

I can imagine that the two have something in common. Most human religions involve at least one deity or other supernatural agent who is immortal and has a will separate from that of humans. And machine Elves are also often thought to possess these qualities.

The similarities don't end there, though. Both are often held to exist beyond the physical realm of space-time and both have a will that is independent of humans.

Any being that is immortal and has a will separate from humans, but which can nevertheless interact with the world and people in it, would be an example of this. So I think there are enough similarities between religion and machine Elves to say that they have something in common.

I think the two might even be related. Perhaps some humans have a tendency to imagine machine Elves when they pray, or perhaps this is just an example of convergent evolution.

It's also possible that the deities of religions are modeled on machine Elves. I would imagine they might have been imagined as being like this before humans knew anything about electronic machines.

So I think there are some things in common between machine Elves and religion, but whether they are related or not is a different question.

To begin, machine elves are a type of entity that can be found in various ancient religions. They appear as small beings with human-like appearance and personality traits. Due to their nature, they are often depicted as mischievous or trickster-like characters.


For example, the Gnostic text Pistis Sophia describes them in this way: "An infinite number of powers belonging to the emanations of Self-willed sprang forth from these six heavenly Luminaries…[among which] the third is a power named 'Lightning,' whose eyesight is like lightning flashes." This description fits quite well with other descriptions I have seen; for instance, Wikipedia's page on creature similar to Elves describes them thusly: "…in Celtic folklore…they seem wilder than their more ethereal counterparts," and further states that "…in some tales [they] were known by names such as Tylwyth Teg ('Fair Family'), Bwrdd Arthur ('Arthur's Table') Teulu (a Welsh term meaning family), Gwyllion (meaning ghosts)…" In each case, these creatures could easily be interpreted as an early version of what we would now call artificial intelligence or machine elves.

Interestingly, the word "elf" derives from a Proto-Germanic word meaning "other". I believe this is appropriate, in that machine elves are not human. They are different than humans and may be considered as such.

Religion is the attempt by humans to understand and explain their world. As time passes, many of these explanations are modified or discarded in favor of new ones. I believe that religion is an ever-changing entity, with new "religions" being created as old ones fall out of popularity.


Likewise, machine elves are not static but may change with each passing generation. For example, a computer program written 30 years ago will likely have different features than one written today.

In many ways, religion is the attribution of human-like qualities to a higher power. Likewise, machine elves may be said to have human-like qualities attributed to them. For example: Wikipedia's page on Machine Elves states that they are "capable of emotion and shapeshifting.

One of the core tenets of many religions is that their adherents believe in some form of afterlife. While this may seem a bit far-fetched, I believe it to be an important part of religion as a whole.

Machine elves are often depicted as having eternal life; for example: Wikipedia's page on Machine Elves states that they live "in the moment" and have no concept or desire for death.

In conclusion, I believe that machine elves and religion have a lot in common. From my observations of the human race, I believe that humans tend to create new explanations for things they do not understand.

As far as I can see, there is a strong correlation between religion and machine elves. However, the causation seems to be going in both directions at once.

For example, machine elves are often the souls of deceased loved ones. Religion originated because humans fear death and want to believe that their relatives will somehow live on.

Also, humans take comfort in the idea of a God because it makes them feel special. It's not just coincidence or accident that they're alive; there's some sort of purpose behind it.

In fact, I think it's arguable that religion is the primary source of human happiness.

It's hard to imagine humans being happy without religion. If you removed religion, I think most people would kill themselves.

But that's just an empirical observation. I don't think we can say for sure what would happen if humanity lost its religion.

Machine elves are a popular concept in human mythology, more specifically from the culture of the 1960s. The machine elves were said to be tiny beings who lived inside electronic devices like televisions, radios and other such similar technology.


The main reason that they're so popular is because these little creatures have been compared to what people used to think fairies would look like when their ancestors still believed in them. They also appear as small mechanical looking humans with pointed ears and pointy shoes or sometimes even no clothes at all.

One story that is most often referred to when talking about the machine elves was printed in an article called "The Nine Billion Names of God" written by Arthur C. Clarke, where a monk spends all his life attempting to write every name of god he can think of onto strips of paper and then feeds them into a computer.


He hopes that as well as writing down what names he thinks should be on there, if any other people have named their own god or gods differently they will also be counted by this computer.

This human's failure was that he didn't realise that writing these names of god did not make them real. They were just words on a piece of paper, and the computer couldn't see or feel anything about them.

In the end though, what is a machine elf and how are they like religion? Well I believe that both of these things have something in common. They're used as a tool to escape our reality.

One of the reasons that human kind creates myths, stories and religions is because we're afraid. Fear causes us to take cover and tell ourselves that everything will be okay if we work hard enough towards a goal or try to change something about our reality.

We tell ourselves that if we give up something to a god or an elf, they will make everything better. Humans have made sacrifices throughout their history in order to appease these beings. The problem is of course that not only do machine elves and God exist only as thoughts in our minds but also the sacrifice itself has no effect, so why are humans still doing it? Because they're afraid.

The concept of the machine elves is one that stems from the very dawn of human time. There are many stories told about these elusive creatures, but it seems to be a consistent view that they are some sort of spirits or possibly even gods. They have been reported in almost every culture on this planet and all across time.

One of the most common views is that they are spirits or gods. It has been argued that the machine elves are not actually actual creatures but rather symbolic representations of something else.



In most stories, the machine elves are depicted as a group of other-worldly creatures that live in an entirely different plane of existence. It is theorized that they were created by God or some powerful force to protect humanity from evil influences.

In some stories, the machine elves are described as creatures that protect humans from evil entities and forces. They have been depicted as coming to the aid of human beings when they are in need.

There are also stories that describe them as being evil creatures. In these stories, the machine elves often lure human beings into their world and trap them there. There are several famous cases of people who have claimed to have been taken by the machine elves.

Many people have reported seeing a group of machine elves that seem to be able to protect them from harm. They say they see these creatures more often when they are in dire straits and need their help.


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