1. Standard memberKellyJay
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    19 Aug '15 22:53
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
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    19 Aug '15 23:18
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
    You've had the same rebuttals to this age old argument many times over. More importantly, do you honestly believe that everything could have come from fairy glitter and twinkle dust? When do you plan to grow up?

    🙂
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    19 Aug '15 23:50
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
    Do you think it's more likely that there's something that always existed? That seem illogical.
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    19 Aug '15 23:51
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
    Some people do, me included.

    It's one of the possibilities for what happened based on current scientific understanding.

    Whether it's what actually happened... No idea.
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    19 Aug '15 23:571 edit
    Originally posted by avalanchethecat
    Do you think it's more likely that there's something that always existed? That seem illogical.
    Well either everything had a beginning, in which everything must have ultimately come from nothing.

    Or something has existed forever, and existence of some kind extends backwards to infinity.


    I am not sure either position is more probable a-priori than the other one.

    Either Great A'Tuin swims under it's own steam, or it's turtles all the way down...

    I'm not sure either is really satisfying as an answer, but it would seem foolish to think that "being satisfying"
    is one of the rules baked into the universe... particularly after uncovering quantum theory.
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    19 Aug '15 23:58
    Originally posted by Agerg
    You've had the same rebuttals to this age old argument many times over. More importantly, do you honestly believe that everything could have come from fairy glitter and twinkle dust? When do you plan to grow up?

    🙂
    So your views on the question were, attack me?
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    19 Aug '15 23:59
    Originally posted by avalanchethecat
    Do you think it's more likely that there's something that always existed? That seem illogical.
    Yes, I believe something has always existed, what is your answer to the question?
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    20 Aug '15 00:00
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    Some people do, me included.

    It's one of the possibilities for what happened based on current scientific understanding.

    Whether it's what actually happened... No idea.
    Thank you for the honest answer.
    I'm still unclear how it could have happen, someone will have to share how who thinks they
    know.
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    20 Aug '15 00:03
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Yes, I believe something has always existed, what is your answer to the question?
    Yes but what you believe always existed is your god.

    Which is vastly less probable than the universe itself simply existing forever,
    or coming into existence one it's own.


    It doesn't matter how improbable the explanations of physics are [or seem to be] a priori.

    All that matters is the relative probability of those explanations vs your supernatural ones.

    And your supernatural explanations are [being incredibly generous] millions of times less likely.
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    20 Aug '15 00:061 edit
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
    It seems they make a distinction between absolute nothing and a 'nothing' that does contain something... for example, 'nothingness' starts out as a quantum vacuum containing a sea of fluctuating energy. But it gets even weirder when they start talking about an infinite number of 'actual' past events (the eternal existence model).

    You can't have an 'actual' infinite number of anything because infinity isn't an actual number... this has recently been discussed at the science forum, so it will be interesting to see if anyone involved in that discussion will show up here and who knows, maybe suddenly change their mind... ? 🙂
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    20 Aug '15 00:141 edit
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Thank you for the honest answer.
    I'm still unclear how it could have happen, someone will have to share how who thinks they
    know.
    Hey, I am not claiming to understand the physics of this.

    This is deep quantum cosmology stuff and there are maybe 1000 people on the planet
    if that who can credibly claim to come even close to understanding it. [probably less than that]

    To have any kind of hope you would have to get a top quality undergrad masters degree in
    physics/applied mathematics. [~4~5 years after getting your A-level or equivalent in maths
    and physics] and then follow that up with a doctorate in the field [~5 years+] doing the kind
    of maths and physics that makes most students brains melt and cause them to fail horribly
    even at top flight universities. [most physics courses don't include this stuff for that very reason]
    and then after completing your doctorate you would probably spend at least 3~5 years working
    at a university or research post getting up to speed and THEN you might be able to legitimately
    claim to understand it.... Maybe.


    Nobody, but nobody, would be able to explain this to you in person or on an internet forum.

    The reason being that the answer is basically 'because the maths say so'.

    I know enough to understand why that's a valid answer, and how they get to that point.

    I do not know enough to understand the math itself.

    Although I know people who do.
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    20 Aug '15 00:22
    Originally posted by lemon lime
    It seems they make a distinction between absolute nothing and a 'nothing' that does contain something... for example, 'nothingness' starts out as a quantum vacuum containing a sea of fluctuating energy. But it gets even weirder when they start talking about an infinite number of 'actual' past events (the eternal existence model).

    You can't have an 'act ...[text shortened]... ved in that discussion will show up here and who knows, maybe suddenly change their mind... ? 🙂
    There is no absolute nothingness Inside this universe.

    So every observation IN this universe is of something coming from something. Even if that 'something' is apparently
    empty space.

    Space and time themselves are 'something'.

    Absolute nothing has no space, no time, no dimensions, no properties, nothing.

    Mathematically those who know this kind of stuff say that such nothingness can spawn something like our universe.
    Some say it not only can, but will do so.

    I don't know.


    However, the point, given that this is spirituality and not science, and that these are issues way beyond a forum
    discussion... The point is that our current understanding is that this kind of stuff is possible, maybe even probable.

    And given that, any and all theistic arguments that rely on there HAVING to be a first cause, or necessitating that
    it's impossible that nothing come from nothing, or that the universe CANNOT exist without a divine creator... etc etc...
    Are invalid, as those premises are not supported by our current evidence and reason.


    The details... Well if you want those, go learn physics and come back in ~15 years.
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    20 Aug '15 00:46
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    There is no absolute nothingness Inside this universe.

    So every observation IN this universe is of something coming from something. Even if that 'something' is apparently
    empty space.

    Space and time themselves are 'something'.

    Absolute nothing has no space, no time, no dimensions, no properties, nothing.

    Mathematically those who know this k ...[text shortened]... reason.


    The details... Well if you want those, go learn physics and come back in ~15 years.
    I don't know... 15 years from now you'll probably just give me the same sort of 'nothing' answer. But if I do go, then next time it will be your turn to go away for 15 years, and maybe you'll learn a few new ticks while you're gone... ?
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    20 Aug '15 01:05
    Originally posted by lemon lime
    I don't know... 15 years from now you'll probably just give me the same sort of 'nothing' answer. But if I do go, then next time it will be your turn to go away for 15 years, and maybe you'll learn a few new ticks while you're gone... ?
    I don't think you understand.

    I was saying that if you really genuinely wanted to know you should go spend the time
    required to actually learn the relevant stuff needed to actually understand this as I described
    in my previous post. Then you would know because you spent ~15 years learning and
    understanding it.

    I don't need to 'go away for 15 years' because there isn't anything right now I want/need to
    learn that requires that commitment.
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    20 Aug '15 01:552 edits
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Do people honestly think everything could have come from nothing?

    If so how?
    And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    (AKA the Big Bang theory)

    That's how.
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