Kim, thanks for your observing 'lurking' about the 'hatchet'. I do not
believe that we would have buried it into each others' head, I accepted that
Bruno may be irritated (by my question/remark, or by other business).

To your choice of Q-#1: recalls my usual doubt "in Mark's Plain English":
does the "why" ask for originating history, or for a purpose?
In the second case I count myself out.
In the 1st meaning I have an answer:- I dunno - and do not think that ANY
humanly conceived machine (Loeb?) could come up with an acceptable (for us)
history from parts impenetrable for our views (of today)..  Even if a
'supernatural and superhuman' comp can come up with something from
"outside" our conceivable system, how could we muster some understanding for
it? The best thing is: we '(mis)understand' it for an explanation that may
or may not hold water.
 I am not in favor of human omniscience.

Nice to hear from you again.

John M

On 3/14/07, Kim Jones <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Lurking, lurking...
> This thread started I believe with Tom's 3 magnificent questions,
> aeons ago on my birthday last year.
> Thankee, Tom
> A little refresher now:
> On 31/12/2006, at 8:25 AM, Tom Caylor wrote:
> > Besides the question of how meaning relates to this List, the question
> > of meaning itself can be asked at several different levels, so I'll
> > list a few:
> >
> > 1) Why does the universe exist?  Why is there something rather than
> > nothing?
> > 2) Why do human beings in general exist?
> > 3) Why do I exist?
> >
> > The purpose of listing these three questions is not to deal with
> > all of
> > them on this thread necessarily, but to show that the question of the
> > meaning of life really is connected to the universal questions that
> > this list tries to address.  One's answer to any one of these
> > questions
> > can affect his/her answer to the other questions.
> >
> > It seems that we all have to eventually come to the question of the
> > end
> > of our lives.  (Even if immortality, quantum or other kinds, is a
> > reality, the question of the end of our lives is a topic addressed
> > even
> > on this List.)  So as one man on United Flight 93 said before giving
> > his life to save others, "Let's roll!"
> >
> > Tom
> It was a touching moment when Bruno and John 'buried the hatchet'
> yesterday ;)
> I just want to say that this has been the most magnificent and
> compelling thread I have contributed nothing to that I have ever
> contributed nothing to
> nevertheless
> I think we need more on question 1
> Questions 2 and 3 appear to have answers of sorts
> Kim Jones
> >

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