On 2/1/2012 7:57 AM, Jason Resch wrote:
On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net
On 1/31/2012 8:43 PM, Jason Resch wrote:
Regarding the "philosopher's nothing":
This present moment exists, and it has no cause since our universe is a four
dimensional structure (time is a subjective phenomenon). This timeless
of this moment establishes that "nothingness" cannot exist. In short: It
impossible state. The question then becomes: "Why should this present
exist, and what else might also exist?" So far, the answer suggested by
discoveries and reasoning suggests: a lot.
Or to paraphrase Quine: What is there? Everything. So what isn't there?
I don't quite agree with that paraphrasing. My point was that there is no such thing as
a philosopher's nothing, not that everything exists. Such a leap would require the
additional assumption that "Nothingness" is only thing that does not exist. All I said
was that "nothingness" is an impossible state. This is the conclusion of accepting a
four-dimensional/atemporal existence, as suggested by relativity.
I agree. But I don't think it depends on spacetime being four dimensional (which is good
since it has a lot more dimensions in some theories; some even have two time dimensions).
Quine didn't think that 'everything exists' as it's used on this list. He just meant
'Everything that exists is what there is'.
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