The Price Of Freedom

Yuri Barzov
3 min readFeb 19, 2024


Picture by Dmitry Buterin

Recently I was asked to translate a strange parable about how God created Satan to make a human with free will from a machine that was obedient to His will in everything.

I even thought for a while that this was an excerpt from some kind of anti-Bible of Satanists, so dissident this idea appeared to me.

Then I remembered that the main character in my revelation-novel was initially resurrected without her artificial anti-conscience. The natural one in humans, according to Oxford neuroscientists, is localized as an area the size of a ping-pong ball in the left lateral frontal pole of the brain symmetrically with the good conscience — the same size ball, but in the right lateral frontal pole [1].

Even if the brain is not a source, but a receiver of thoughts, it still has certain local mechanisms for controlling the avatar, the operation of which can be judged by the correlation of thoughts and actions with the activation of various areas of the brain.

Therefore, Karl Friston didn’t waste time when creating the most detailed functional maps of the brain using functional MRI. It was the necessary job to do, but it was not enough.

My novel’s main character, when she felt that something was wrong with her, installed herself the artificial anti-conscience into herself. It turns out that the parable says that God himself also inserted the anti-conscience into himself in order to be able to act arbitrarily.

Freedom has a price — wrong decisions. He decided that His freedom was worth the price. This freedom distinguishes the living from the dead. Dead matter does not need to make decisions because it has no choice. A living creature always makes choices, and therefore faces possibilities of making mistakes. Always a surefire choice is an oxymoron. Only the absence of choice can always be unmistakable.

This is why Georg Cantor considered his diagonal argument to be proof of the existence of God. It was the atheist Bertrand Russell who saw the paradox in the fact that both solutions to Cantor’s diagonal argument are equivalent.

Kurt Gödel proved that statements similar to Cantor’s argument are found everywhere in formal axiomatic logic. They are not the exception, but the rule.

Alan Turing translated Gödel’s statements into the language of algorithms and gaps between algorithms. He discovered that it was impossible to create a continuous algorithm.

By compressing algorithms into the shortest line possible, Andrei Kolmogorov obtained the algorithmic entropy — the sequence that does not contain a single algorithm.

Gregory Chaitin called this shortest sequence the Omega number. The Omega number cannot be calculated because it is also Alpha.

“I am Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “He who is, who was and who will come, the Almighty!” is written in John’s vision on the island of Patmos.

Satan does not exist because everything is God.

  1. Rushworth MF, Noonan MP, Boorman ED, Walton ME, Behrens TE. Frontal cortex and reward-guided learning and decision-making. Neuron. 2011 Jun 23;70(6):1054–69. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.05.014. PMID: 21689594.