Purpose of the universe and our existence..

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Mandana, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. glaucon tending tangentially Registered Senior Member

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    Fair enough, no problems so far.

    Ah. There it is. A silly equivocation.

    Bishadi, you've been warned about this before.


    Indeed.
    Bishadi is confused with these (and a number of other) terms.
     
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  3. Bishadi Banned Banned

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    wait a second.... i never implied a choice (intelligence 'choice')

    i said life: purposed to continue

    once started it is on its way.........

    has nothing to do with intellect or ID or magic

    and it definitely aint random

    see what i mean

    there is no intellect behind the 'life' of mass

    but that energy itself is continuing on its own and not a reduction of chemical processes (ie... consumption by living things is not random, and why life often MOVES to consume)

    the 'chemical reactions' are not accidents

    and since INSTINCT is a naturally existing reality sharing that the LIFE is doing what it's niche is within the environment, shares that life is going on about its business by it own charge (not some magical maybe's of belief or uncertainties)

    self determination has little to do with an ameoba continuing to survive by its own INTENT to continue
     
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  5. glaucon tending tangentially Registered Senior Member

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    You didn't need to.
    The term 'purpose' [as pointed out by Raithere...] implies intent.
     
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  7. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    But you did.
    As Raithere said, the word PURPOSE presupposes intent which requires intelligence.
    Which has been pointed out to you on numerous occasions and you still return to "purposed".
     
  8. Bishadi Banned Banned

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    as oooosual, you mean

    the problem is not me, as i said the same things practically a year back and you just catching up to the reasoning

    like what?

    seems you are too dense, and that has nothing to do with me

    ie... you've learned more since i arrived, than your whole education

    life once started is "purposed to continue"

    it has its own intent (purposed)

    and if any want to debate this straight up, then come on with it

    the phrase you don't like is

    life: abuses entropy

    but

    life: purposed to continue

    is exactly what this means

    Originally Posted by Bishadi

    i claim, life once started will continue by it's own intent ...
    (purposed to continue)


    (and you find an agreement to the same but just not my use of the word "purposed")

    funny shit

    i suppose now i can't use certain words?
     
  9. Bishadi Banned Banned

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    and your consistancy stands all by itself


    “ Originally Posted by Bishadi
    wait a second.... i never implied a choice (intelligence 'choice')


    You didn't need to.
    The term 'purpose' [as pointed out by Raithere...] implies intent.



    you damn right, life has an intent, to continue (instinctively)

    whether you like it or not


    once started, it does what it does (per its niche within the environment)

    with PURPOSE (eat, shit, procreate; to continue)
     
  10. Bishadi Banned Banned

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    because you don't do the philosophical implications

    you following a guise of the observer having to be a part of the life.

    a machine once started, is running on purpose

    the autonomy of the heart muscle is running on purpose

    you both have lost the suffix to your root word without understanding the implications
     
  11. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Correct - the purpose of the intelligence that started it.

    No. There is no purpose to heart muscles. There is, however, a function.

    And you're still spouting gibberish.
     
  12. glaucon tending tangentially Registered Senior Member

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    Correct.
    Moreover, you must use terms properly, and not in your specialized sense.

    Raithere, Dywyddyr, and myself have each pointed out to you your error.

    As for the rest of your posts, nothing but more gibberish and abuse.
    Enjoy your holiday.
     
  13. deicider got omnicidead Registered Senior Member

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    The purpose of humans is to feel good.
    And that there is all to it,nothing less nothing more.
     
  14. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

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    You need to be more careful with your word selection then. The terms "purpose" and "intent" both imply intelligence. Not all life is intelligent.

    I'm not sure what you mean by this. Are you trying to asset the existence of a life force? Or do you have some other grounds upon which to argue that life is not a chemical process? Or perhaps you mean that we can't use a reductionist approach when analyzing life?

    Some living things have brains and thus some measure of intelligence and self-determination. The actions of most living things, however, are guided by complex bio-chemical feedback mechanisms that function very much like machinery.

    When you say "life is going on about its business by its own charge", you again seem to be implying that all life is somehow guided by intelligence. But most of the biomass of Earth has no appreciable intelligence and therefore the argument seems merely anthropomorphic.

    I would argue that an amoeba has no awareness of its actions and thus no intent what-so-ever.
    No. The machine does not have a purpose. It may have been created for a purpose. It may be started and used for the purposes of an intelligent operator. But the machine itself has none.


    I know I sound like I'm being a bit finicky over semantics here but, with philosophical questions such as this, if we allow vague terms to confuse the discussion we'll wind up with nonsense.

    ~Raithere
     
  15. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

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    As simple as that sounds it's not really simple.

    Different things make us feel good for different reasons for different durations, at different intensities, at different times, in differing sequences of events. We even have some measure of control over what makes us feel good.

    Fascinatingly, society and ethics come into play as well, influencing what makes us feel good. Which means that the entire realm of ethical debate along with values and beliefs become a part of our simple rewards based behavior.

    Of course, we also try to avoid what feels bad. And often what might make us feel bad.

    And then there are some people who enjoy feeling bad, or scared, or angry...

    Hmm...

    ~Raithere
     
  16. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    In biological terms, our purpose is to survive long enough to reproduce and raise our offspring so that they too survive long enough to reproduce.

    The universe itself? It's purpose is simply to exist. And, perhaps, to one day collapse upon itself into a new singularity to start the whole process again
     
  17. sql is at http://glossolalia.com/ Registered Senior Member

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    There is cause and effect, there is no coincidence. But there isn't necessary a higher meaning or purpose of our existence and life.
     
  18. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Not quite true.
    What is called a coincidence could be synchronicity:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coincidence
     
  19. deicider got omnicidead Registered Senior Member

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    Not quite, the "feel good" is alot more than it seems.
    It is simple in a macro-view however the fundamental idea of "feel good" will look complicated in micro-view; the one you used to answer.
     
  20. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    But "feel good" is hardly a purpose, instead merely a mechanism by which we operate.

    Is the purpose of a screwdriver to rotate - or is it to remove / put in screws?
    Surely the rotation is merely a mechanism to allow it to achieve its purpose?

    Likewise I see "to feel good" as merely a mechanism for whatever purpose we have, if any at all.


    I only see "purpose" as being applicable to deliberately created objects.
    If you hold that there was no deliberate creation to existence / the universe etc - then there is no purpose.
    If you hold that there was deliberate creation then I suggest you go and ask who/whatever created us... as only they would know the answer - the same way that only I could answer in relation to the object I just made:
    - If anyone else claims to know without me telling them it can be but a guess.
    - And if they claim that I have told them then of course you'll have the issue of trying to convince everyone else that I have told you.

    And so on...

    Yes, some will undoubtedly lay claim to there being "normative descriptions in scripture" that detail our purpose - and to them I wish them good luck in their cycle of "believe to believe" that I'm also sure they're oblivious to.
    But that's a whole other thread.
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  21. thinking Banned Banned

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    the Universe has no fundamental purpose , persay , it just is

    our , Human existence , life existence , on this planet , just can be

    because of the enviroment the planet , Earth , gives life

    nothing more and nothing less
     
  22. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not sure I accept this. Certainly we can talk about generalities vs specifics but the fact is that "feeling good" does not merely appear complicated, it is complicated.

    The point I was trying to get across is that even if it is true it doesn't really relieve one of the need to make a more complicated ethical consideration. The general principle comes up a bit short. If it were that simple gluttony and sexual promiscuity would be sufficient.

    ~Raithere
     
  23. thinking Banned Banned

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    I reiterate

     

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