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Why is there something rather than nothing?

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Div Task by M.Holland 1. Why is there something rather than nothing? I and every other human do not know why there is something rather than nothing, or if the question is even meaningful. If this question has a short answer, it must consist in a self-explaining fact or a cycle of facts. A candidate for such a fact would be the concept of God in the Ontological Proof (A verbal definition of the conception is something the non-existence of which is impossible), but that proof is not convincing. Humans do not know any such facts, or even if they could possibly exist. If it is asserted that non-existence is more likely or natural than existence, one could ask why this asserted tendency (toward non-existence) itself exists. A possibly meaningful (but not at all simple) answer to the Ultimate Why is that the universe exists (more precisely, is perceived to exist) roughly because it is possible. The reasoning would be as follows. ...read more.


I doubt that it is actually possible to produce a completely perfect representation of anything happening in our world no matter how close we can make the representation. An example of this would be if an apple fell from a tree (this has nothing much to do with Newton) through the air to the ground, there would be resistance to its path, whether it is air resistance or something else. This resistance is directly proportional to the velocity of the falling apple. Unfortunately we do not have any kind of number or any indication to how proportional the speed is to the air resistance thus the laws of physics are mathematical models that are used to roughly show what happens in our world. 3.What is the nature of mathematical objects? Mathematical objects are abstract objects in that we can put them into a position and reason about their properties and derivative objects, unencumbered by the necessity of their having any physical attributes. Generally a mathematical theory has an intended interpretation that guides the development of the theory, and as such is necessary to an understanding of the theory and its intended mathematical objects. ...read more.


be possible, we are limited by our scientific advancements and knowledge thus making a disembodied mind a physical problem rather than a mental one. 5. What do you understand by the expression a physical object? The physical object, which he (Kant) calls the 'thing in itself', he regards as essentially unknowable; what can be known is the object as we have it in experience, which he (Kant) calls the 'phenomenon'. The phenomenon, being a joint product of us and the thing in itself, is sure to have those characteristics which are due to us, and is therefore sure to conform to our a priori (not based on prior study or examination; non-analytic) knowledge. Hence this knowledge, though true of all actual and possible experience, must not be supposed to apply outside experience. Thus in spite of the existence of a priori knowledge, we cannot know anything about the thing in itself or about what is not an actual or possible object of experience. In this way he tries to reconcile and harmonize the contentions of the rationalists with the arguments of the empiricists. ...read more.

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