On 8/7/2011 11:40 PM, Roger wrote:
Hi. I used to post to this list but haven't in a long time. I'm
a biochemist but like to think about the question of "Why is there
something rather than nothing?" as a hobby. If you're interested,
some of my ideas on this question and on "Why do things exist?",
infinite sets and on the relationships of all this to mathematics and
physics are at:
An abstract of the "Why do things exist and Why is there something
rather than nothing?" paper is below.
Thank you in advance for any feedback you may have.
In this paper, I propose solutions to the questions "Why do things
exist?" and "Why is there something rather than nothing?" In regard
to the first question, "Why do things exist?", it is argued that a
thing exists if the contents of, or what is meant by, that thing are
Things that are completely defined are mathematical abstractions: like a
differentiable manifold or the natural numbers. One might even argue
that an essential characteristic of things that exist is that they can
have unknown properties. But perhaps I'm misreading what you mean by
"defined". Maybe you just mean that things that exist either have a
property or not, independent of our knowledge. So Vic either has a mole
on his left side or he doesn't, even though we don't know which; whereas
is makes no sense to even wonder whether Sherlock Holmes has a mole on
his left side.
A complete definition is equivalent to an edge or
boundary defining what is contained within and giving “substance” and
existence to the thing. In regard to the second question, "Why is
there something rather than nothing?", "nothing", or non-existence, is
first defined to mean: no energy, matter, volume, space, time,
thoughts, concepts, mathematical truths, etc.; and no minds to think
about this lack-of-all. It is then shown that this non-existence
itself, not our mind's conception of non-existence, is the complete
description, or definition, of what is present. That is, no energy,
no matter, no volume, no space, no time, no thoughts, etc., in and of
itself, describes, defines, or tells you, exactly what is present.
Therefore, as a complete definition of what is present, "nothing", or
non-existence, is actually an existent state. So, what has
traditionally been thought of as "nothing", or non-existence, is, when
seen from a different perspective, an existent state or "something".
Said yet another way, non-existence can appear as either "nothing" or
"something" depending on the perspective of the observer. Another
argument is also presented that reaches this same conclusion.
Finally, this reasoning is used to form a primitive model of the
universe via what I refer to as "philosophical engineering".
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