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Why do we exist ?

Posted on Monday, 6 November, 2006 | Comment icon 13 comments


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"If you recall nothing else from Stephen Hawking's 1988 blockbuster "A Brief History of Time," you are likely to remember the inspiring final passage: "If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Cebrakon on 7 November, 2006, 8:42
If you recall nothing else from Stephen Hawking's 1988 blockbuster "A Brief History of Time," you are likely to remember the inspiring final passage: "If we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we would truly know the mind of God." This is perhaps the most eloquen... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zero of Deism on 7 November, 2006, 9:18
You know, I HAVE noticed that alot of awesome data from quantum physics gets ignored sometimes. It doesn't seem like people care for some reason... Only a select few.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Leonardo on 7 November, 2006, 9:36
It's true the Particle Model for Physics does contain these logical impossibilities such as singularities etc. This is why theoretical physicists postulated the String Theory for Physics. Later to evolve into the Superstring Theory and now evolving further into the M-Theory (there are other theories as well - too many to mention). These theories attempt to do away with singularities and infinities by setting limits at the sub-atomic level as to how small elementary particles can be. The various string theories are still very much a work in progress. It is true that the experimentation we can c... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Zero of Deism on 7 November, 2006, 10:29
Of course you think it's fanciful imagination, it talks about God. I think you're biased against it, eh?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Leonardo on 7 November, 2006, 10:46
Of course you think it's fanciful imagination, it talks about God. I think you're biased against it, eh? No, I'm not biased against the existence of God at all. My comment was to point out that it's fanciful imagination to think we might know the MIND of God i.e. Gods intent or plan. Just as I don't know your mind, how could I possibly know the mind of an omniscient, omnipotent being (if that's what you believe God is)?
Comment icon #9 Posted by brave_new_world on 7 November, 2006, 11:01
While it no doubt provoked controversy and boosted the sale of his book, Hawking's comment on 'knowing the mind of God' is just fanciful imagination (imo). Can we prove anything exists outside of imagination??? The subconscious mind does not know the difference between what it sees and what it imagines??? Both what we see and imagine are thoughts and we only know thoughts exist because of consciousness. Can we prove anything exists as it is minus subjectivity????
Comment icon #10 Posted by Leonardo on 7 November, 2006, 11:13
While it no doubt provoked controversy and boosted the sale of his book, Hawking's comment on 'knowing the mind of God' is just fanciful imagination (imo). Can we prove anything exists outside of imagination??? The subconscious mind does not know the difference between what it sees and what it imagines??? Both what we see and imagine are thoughts and we only know thoughts exist because of consciousness. Can we prove anything exists as it is minus subjectivity???? Are you able to tell the difference between your dreams (as in sleep or day-dreaming) and what you experience when you are awake? BT... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by brave_new_world on 7 November, 2006, 11:44
Are you able to tell the difference between your dreams (as in sleep or day-dreaming) and what you experience when you are awake? BTW that's a direct question, not a philosophical, rhetorical question. As a matter of fact sometimes no. Let me answer this directly. Sometimes when I dream it seems so real that I take it for waking life, I get sacred like I do in real life, I learn as I do in real life, have sexual experiences as I do in "real" life. Also Where I view the waking life and the dream life is in the same place(visual anyway) the visual cortex. The only difference why I call one "real... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Bigfoot_Is_Real on 7 November, 2006, 23:49
Was does god have to do with physics
Comment icon #13 Posted by brave_new_world on 8 November, 2006, 10:01
Was does god have to do with physics God is everything, what hasn't it got to do with it???


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