---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <anartaxius@...> wrote :
I think you are on the right track Ann. Particularly nettle-some in a discussion of ultimate origins is time. In current cosmology, time-space did not exist prior to the universe, therefore there was no time before the universe's beginning and it is meaningless to speak of events or anything as 'having been before'. It is really difficult to wrap the mind around a situation like this because it makes no sense in terms of common experience. Maybe it will never make sense. Semantics are important in fashioning an argument, but it is difficult to do this if the basic ideas are really beyond our ability to conceptualise. You have already demonstrated here that you have a clearer grasp of this discussion than jr-esq, though you do not strike me as a philosopher. Arguments in the absence of evidence are difficult. This happens in science sometimes, but there are usually good reasons to suppose something in this way. Tell you what, I will sell you my silver-white unicorn for $320,000 Canadian. Payment before delivery. We all know that unicorns exist because we can think and imagine what they look like. They prefer halters by the way, if you want to ride. Thank you for your offer. At the current rate of exchange that is about 11 cents on the dollar so I would be doing quite well (you would be losing about 33K on this deal as you are in the US). If I did need a unicorn I would take you up on it and I don't think I'd need to ride it, they are just great enough standing there naked but thank you for the halter tip; I do believe they might take umbrage at a bit in their mouth.