Brent Meeker wrote:
> Why should "nothing" be the default. Or to paraphase Quine, "Nothing is what
> doesn't exist. So what is there? Everything."
Everything that there is is there. But this is the ultimate in begging
the question. The question remains, why is everything (I see) there?
Why do I exist?
It's not that I don't believe in what I see, like the evidence for
evolution, but it doesn't answer the ultimate question.
Relative truth is ultimately useless when it comes to the end of my
> >> i.e. the question of
> >> the origin of the form of the universe,
> "The reason that there is Something rather than Nothing is that
> Nothing is unstable."
> -- Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate Physics 2004.
> >>why does it "make sense"?
> Part of it makes sense to us because we evolved to make sense of it. Quantum
> mechanics doesn't really "make sense", it's just an inference from what does
> make sense.
> >> is the basis for the nature of reality and beauty?
> Why does reality need a basis? Beauty is, famously, in the eye of the
> >> 2) Why is man the way he/she is? Why is man able to have language and
> >> do science, and make sense of the world? Why is man able to love and
> >> figure out what is right? What is the basis for meaning? What is the
> >> basis for mind? How can persons know one another?
> "The web of this world is woven of Necessity and Chance. Woe to
> him who has accustomed himself from his youth up to find
> something necessary in what is capricious, and who would ascribe
> something like reason to Chance and make a religion of
> surrendering to it."
> -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> >> 3) Why is man able to know anything, and know that he knows what he
> >> knows?
> Because he evolved to make decisions, see William S. Cooper, "The Evolution
> of Reason".
> What is the basis for truth? What is truth?
> True (and false) are abstract values we assign to sentences for the purpose
> of making inferences. In application we usually try to assign "true" to
> those sentences that express facts supported by evidence - unless we are
> religious, in which case we may ignore evidence and go with revelation.
> Brent Meeker
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