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    No. Regardless of whether or not souls exist, I wouldn't go for total knowledge for two reasons:

    Part of what I like about life is the joy of discovery and the bliss of ignorance. I actually enjoy delving into absurdity. A predictable, complete world would be less fun.

    Secondly, I am often disturbed by the little extra insights into the nature of things that I sometimes have. Even if I was aware of all things, there's no way I could stop time and right all wrongs, even for those unlucky few that I actually care about.

    Absolute knowledge would likely bring an all-powerful existential depression in the face of my own impotence. Or, if possible, it would awaken a desire to use my knowledge to increase the universal chaos factor.


    On the other hand, if I were to pick between me getting all the knowledge of the universe versus anyone else, I'd pick me. I can't think of a single person who I'd actually trust with such an ability.

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    Why? Are there any takers?

    I wouldn't sell my soul (assuming we have souls) for all knowledge in general. I would, however, sell my soul for all of the knowledge that we (as humans) already have. I would be able to use that knowledge to learn more and make new discoveries. Then I wouldn't be bored because I would be finding out more and more.

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    Show me a soul and I'll sell it.
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    anyone else have the song in their head?
    Oh! Well I never! Was there ever
    A cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees
    Who rises in the morning, looks in the mirror and says, "I think I will do something stupid today?" -- James Hollis
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    Why sell your soul for something you already have?
    Anyone can tap into it.
    The illusion, is that you can't.

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    No, but maybe it is my fear of not knowing what would be left in life to pursue if I knew everything.

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    I would give up an eye and hang on a tree dead for 9 days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Would you sell your souls for knowledge of the universe?
    Perhaps, though when I inevitably got bored with knowing everything, then I'd sell it to someone else for their soul.
    A criticism that can be brought against everything ought not to be brought against anything.

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    Yes.

    I would assume that in gaining all knowledge, I learned how to steal my soul back. If not, I would be pissed, but at least I would know the best methods of attaining my revenge.
    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

    Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office
    than to serve and obey them. - David Hume

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    No. I wallow in uncertainty...
    "I determined nothing."
    -Sceptical expression

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