On 5/17/2012 8:42 AM, ronaldheld wrote:
arXiv:1205.2720 [pdf]
Title: Why there is something rather than nothing: The finite,
infinite and eternal
Authors: Peter Lynds
Hi Ronald,

Thank you for posting this reference. After reading the paper I find that I agree with it 100% but would point out that it assumes some concepts that need more careful examination.

The idea of a "universe" is used as if where an object that has a set of properties and relations that is completely independent of the observations there of. This is not unusual, it is the common way of thinking of things, but is it faithful to how Reality is? I would argue that a "universe" is an object that is perceived by some observer and that if no observer can be defined that has some universe X as its observables, then such a universe X cannot exit. It is not possible to have a universe where the observer thereof is somehow "outside" of it. All observers will find themselves "in" a universe consistent with their continuation as such observers. All other alternatives generate logical contradictions.

I am going way out and claiming that there is no such thing as an observer independent universe and that if we wish to consider conceptual questions like "why is there something rather than nothing" that we need to be mindful of the fact that all of the discussion, including the concepts themselves, only exist in the minds of observers.



"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."
~ Francis Bacon

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