Why Is There Anything, Rather Than Nothing?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Patriot, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Patriot Registered Senior Member

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    Anyone have a legit answer for this? No "just because". And I remind you, if it's explainable, it doesn't answer the question.

    Jesus Walks,
    Patriot
     
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  3. Votorx Still egotistic... Valued Senior Member

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    Because if there wasn't something to compare to that nothing, then that nothing would be something in itself. Nothing can be defined without some opposing element (being literal here...)
     
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  5. Patriot Registered Senior Member

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    I mean why isn't the universe void? Why is there even matter to begin with?

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  7. beyondtimeandspace Everlasting Student Registered Senior Member

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    If you can answer that, then you will answer the question that man has been asking since it knew how to ask.

    However, I will think about it and come back to you.
     
  8. Cyperium I'm always me Valued Senior Member

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    I guess it was more meaningful that way.

    It is. Allways, how could it have not been?
     
  9. water the sea Registered Senior Member

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    Because pink is my favourite colour.

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    No, seriously, I think the above is a non-question, logically speaking. I don't think it can be answered without calling upon some absolute that gave/gives things purpose.
     
  10. Dreamwalker Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Why should nothing exist? Alas, nothing cannot exist, it is nothing, so something has to exist. Something might be more beautiful than nothing.

    I suppose if you find out the answer the label "godlike" could be affixed to you.
     
  11. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Even nothing is something. If you look at space it contains atomic particles that you can't see which makes you think there's nothing but in reality nothing has things in it.
     
  12. Dreamwalker Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    There is nothing in real nothing, space is not a real nothing.
     
  13. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    Yes, there is no void in nothing, there is nothing. Its a hard concept for most brains to fathom.
    And why there is something and not nothing is an excellent question that "sciforums" definately isn't going to answer.
    There should be nothing. Something is wierd.
     
  14. an>roid.v2 Registered Senior Member

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    It's how you're asking your question that prevents an answer. Try this:

    If there is no nothing,
    or no something,
    then what is there?

    Simple:
    When there's no nothing, there's something. (Because nothing doesn't exist.)
    And when there's no something, there's nothing. (Because something doesn't exist.)

    It all depends what's in your head. Something or nothing.
     
  15. Angelus Son Of House Ravenhearte Registered Senior Member

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    Nothing doesn't exist because it was never given a chance. Somethings was always around blocking it's existence. You can't have nothing when something refuses to go away.
     
  16. mercurio 9th dan seppuku sensei Registered Senior Member

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    It's not such a strange question as it would seem. Mathematicians fight bloody battles about such things as whether Numbers (yep, integers, reals, irrationals etc) exist at all.

    Intro: http://www.pitt.edu/~csd6/metaphysics2002/Handout17.pdf

    What's reality, and what's merely a projection of our attempts to understand it...
     
  17. an>roid.v2 Registered Senior Member

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    Trouble is, Nothing is provable; if Nothing existed -- who'd be around to observe it, record it?

    Mmm. Somehow, "God" wants to butt in here...
     
  18. Dreamwalker Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    I agree with Lou, something is wrong, there should be nothing.
     
  19. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    But something is always found whenever and wherever they look!
     
  20. Dr Lou Natic Unnecessary Surgeon Registered Senior Member

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    "whenever" and "wherever" imply something. And yeah, where there's something there's bound to be something else. Its not wierd that there's something else on top of the something.
    The strange part is that there's something in the first place.
     
  21. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Even nothing in and of itself is something, isn't it.
     
  22. sly1 Heartless Registered Senior Member

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    true "nothing" does not exist because if it did exist it would violate its own laws about itself. the concept of nothing only exists becaue there is "something and humans like to look for opposites when asking questions about things of this nature. This is why it is known that energy can not be created or destroyed.

    Just my opinions though

    L8rs
     
  23. an>roid.v2 Registered Senior Member

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    So then we're talking about existence as something.

    And for existence not to be something -- but to be nothing -- it would have to not exist.

    Therefore nothing does not exist!
     

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