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Genie and 3 wishes.

  1. Feb 25, 2006 #1
    Im watching this x-files episode. Mulder wished for peace on earth. So the genia deleted every other person from earth. So it made me think. What would be my 3 wishes. I think these would be the perfect wishes. Perhaps other people might think that they wouldnt like these wishes. But they would definately be great for me.

    So they are:

    3:Free will of my own.

    While wish #2 would probably be broken in a sense. If the genie cant do omnipotence. I would ask for something near as possible to it.
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  3. Feb 25, 2006 #2
    ..........for this thread to be deleted.
  4. Feb 25, 2006 #3
    ....we all love trolls.
  5. Feb 25, 2006 #4
    those aren't very fun wishes. yeah, i think they suck. wish for something practical, like, chocolates, a cruise, enhancement of your male bits.
  6. Feb 25, 2006 #5
    thats just it. omnipotence + immortality means i have unlimited of those.
  7. Feb 25, 2006 #6
    doesn't mean you have big manly bits. how crummy would it be to live for ever ill-endowed? sides, that combination sounds immoral if you intend to use it to get chocolates and a cruise.
  8. Feb 25, 2006 #7
    who says im not packing as it is now?
    and even if i wasnt. im omnipotent. I would have the power to either make it larger. or create a woman who wouldnt care.

    What is immoral? my defination is basically Is it RIGHT or WRONG basically.
  9. Feb 25, 2006 #8
    immortality would SUCK. the universe is expanding faster and faster. it is going to be a very lonely place in a few billion years. perhaps you enjoy eternity alone, temperatures around absolute zero, no light, neverending
  10. Feb 25, 2006 #9
    Bad wishes. Yes, immortality sucks donkey after the end of the world, it gets boring real fast. Omnipotence already gives you the power to make yourself immortal so you've wasted a wish. Free will of your own is a redundant wish.

    Ok, first, wish for more wishes. If there's a rule against that then at least wish for the wisdom to make good use of your remaining wishes before using up the other two. But of course Mulder was already wise enough to do the right thing.
  11. Feb 25, 2006 #10
    1. superman's powers
    2. invulnerable to kryptonite
    3. power to cause orgasms with a handshake.
  12. Feb 25, 2006 #11
    1. Superman's powers
    2. Just enough wit to wear a lead suit and perhaps... oh... a mask.
    3. Yeah, that handshake thing. I'll have what he's having.
  13. Feb 25, 2006 #12
    i'd like that handshake thing too... ooh the possibilities
  14. Feb 26, 2006 #13
    Oh but I will also be omnipotent. So I would have the power to make it so that doesnt happen.

    Actually the wish is so placed to assure that i am immortal. If the omnipotence not being possible doesnt occur. and its something very close. I might be then not completely immortal.

    and the free will thing. as in the x-files episode. the genia was normal and asked to be all powerful. so the genie made her a genia. which has its limits obviously.
  15. Feb 26, 2006 #14
    1. Infinite wishes.
    2. Death to hippies
    3. Me to become ruler of earth.
  16. Feb 26, 2006 #15
    you cant wish for infinite wishes... just 3.
    and what if the genie killed everyone on earth. you would be ruler. but u would be ruler of nothing.
  17. Feb 26, 2006 #16
    Did you state in your first post that ONLY 3 wishes are allowed? No you didn't. And getting infinite wishes is just as unrealistic as getting immortality as you put it. So it is fair to put it.

    And what? I didn't state I wanted to be the only person alive. I want to be ruler of earth. I don't see why you are criticizing my choice of wishes, where you ask for 'free will of your own'. Then I ask: Who's will is it you have now? Is someone controlling your opinions on anything? If you can't be clear on your choices of wishes, don't ask of me the same thing.
  18. Feb 26, 2006 #17
    Um no. I stated it in the UMMMMMM TITLE!!!
    It is also a given. It is stated MANY times that its against the sort of rules to have infinite amount of wishes.

    um no its not. infinite wishes would be possible. but its against the genie rules. sort of say. and immortality isnt unrealistic. I said omnipotence. There are certain paradoxes in relation to omnipotence. Can you create a stone thats so heavy u cant lift it?

    you didnt state that everyone else must live. you didnt specify either way. So the genie would make you the ruler of the world. the easiest way. and essentialy leaving you the only person on earth.

    When asking for omnipotence. the genie could very well make me a genie. and they i have no power for myself. and i basically do nothing until im released to grant wishes.
  19. Feb 26, 2006 #18
    You didn't imply ANYTHING. No mention of the word 'only' has been stated in any of your words. You have not said once specifically that infinite wishes are not allowed.

    Oh dear. Since when does many = none? And lets just say for the sake of argument, that it is implied. How about putting it down in the ORIGINAL THREAD so your post isn't so damn confusing?

    Oh really? Then what would be the point of this thread?

    I also didn't ask the genie that everyone must die. And lets say, for the sake of this argument, that everyone DID die. Who are you to interfere with what I wish?

    ...There is an equal chance that he will grant you with YOUR model of omnipotence.

    Also, your definition of omnipotence confounds me. Why does a genie have no limits in his power when he can ONLY GRANT 3 WISHES?
  20. Feb 26, 2006 #19
    1)Being payed $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0000,0001000 a second for doing absoultly nothing
    2)Make everone on Earth do anything I say without any resitance
    3)Give me genie powers without having to grant people wishes!
  21. Feb 26, 2006 #20
    I can't believe you guys are arguing about the rules on how to make wishes. This thread sucks, I wish it to the recycle bin.
  22. Feb 26, 2006 #21
    I'm not the one dictating who should have what opinions. I agree, bin the thread.
  23. Feb 26, 2006 #22


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    My first wish would be for enough ......

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    Wishing for infinite wishes as one wish is not against any rules, like there are genie rules :rofl:

    What if you wished for infinite BACON, would that be against the rules??
  25. Feb 26, 2006 #24
    no no no. just go watch/read ur average genie story. The guy askes for unlimited wishes. They say sorry no cant do that.

    its not the infinite part thats the problem. its the wishes part. basically ur not allowed to wish for more wishes in any amount.
  26. Feb 27, 2006 #25


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    munky99999 is correct. There's three genie rules that are common to every genie story:

    You can't wish for more wishes (nor can you wish for all your wishes to come true). This rule is inherent in the fact that the genie is giving you three wishes.

    You can't bring someone back from the dead. I did read one story where this rule was broken by two parents longing for their long dead son. The results were gruesome enough that the second wish was for the son to be dead, again. In other words, if you break this rule, the punishment will fit the crime.

    You can't wish for someone to love you. That's kind of strange, considering you can wish someone to die, wish for someone to be paralyzed for life, wish for someone to have sex with you, yet mind control crosses some kind of ethical line. Actually, the first three probably cross some kind of ethical line since those types of wishes always turn out badly.

    The most important rule is always be skeptical and suspicious of any wish the genie grants you and never, never show any sympathy or gratitude towards a genie.

    The last time I was granted three wishes, my wife was with me, so we divided the wishes between us. We freed him by slicing a golf ball through the front window of his house - a great surprise since we thought we were going to have to pay for a window.

    I wished for a million dollars so I could buy my wife a green dress. He asked me for my bank account number and told me 1 million dollars would be electronically deposited in my bank account on Monday morning when the bank opens and, as a bonus for being such a considerate person, a green dress for my wife was laying on our bed at this very moment. My wife wished for a house with a two car garage so there'd be a place for my old Ford Pinto. He wrote down the address of our new home and, as a bonus for my wife being so considerate, a new Winnebago was sitting in the garage so we'd have a home where ever we travelled (well, my old Ford Pinto had a space in the garage for a second, there:frown:).

    Obviously, so much kindness and consideration towards each other was just a set up towards deciding who could make the last wish. We wound up having a horrible fight about it, but then the genie came up with a great solution - we should let him make the last wish.

    Big mistake. He wished to have sex with my wife. In fact, he spent all afternoon having sex with my wife.

    At the end of the day, he thanked us and then asked us how old we were. "We're both 35, why?"

    He replied, "Are you kidding? That's amazing! You two are 35 and you still believe in genies?!"
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