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Death and what it means to be dead

I have seen someone's post on here that had the same idea as I have. His belief was, when you die, the universe dies with you. Now this is a controversial position because there are people who ...
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If the Universe(s) didn't exist, Would all maths still exist?

Many scientists say that maths transcends creation, the future, it exists for all time. For example the Mandelbrot is just an equation that can still exist when the universe goes cold. Because I don'...
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Infinite realities: Theoretically if the sun burned out or if all resources were used up, in another universe could it have not happened at all?

This is assuming that infinite realities exist. I have no physics or philosophy background, I am writing a science fiction novel. That being said, please dumb down your answers for me.
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Is time more “real” than math and, if so, why?

How is time different from math? Is time a part of math? For me time is like math rather than a "real" thing. Time is just a tool rather than a "fundamental thing". I feel confident saying that an ...
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Is it possible that we are stuck in a loop of endless life?

There are three assumptions for the question. 1) The flow of time is permanent. 2) The universe is repeatedly destroyed and recreated. 3) The initial physical structure of a brain at birth determines ...
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Theory of everything and God

I always reach this point when I think about physics and God: Assume that a theory of everything is found. And this ToE is a successful mathematical description of the entire universe. EDIT: By "...
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Isn't the universe a hypocrite? [closed]

The universe, throughout its existence, seems trying to minimize all the things (or trying to find most simple/easiest state/way or Nash equilibrium, whatever you call it). According to the second ...
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Are fate and the power to choose two separate dimensions?

It seems that we can say that we are completely governed by the universe but then at the same time step into a state of freedom to choose and have the power of will. How is it possible that both ...
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Questions about Frank Tipler's Omega Point theory?

He defends in that theory that God could become real, but that he would be limited. He wouldn't be strictly the same God as the one in classical religion. He couldn't do/know the physically and ...
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Imagine a universe with different laws of arithmetic. How would it be? [closed]

A universe with different mathematics and logic. Different laws of logic and mathematics (like different laws of arithmetic for example)
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is this universe flat world?

Could hypothetically, our 3d world be analogous to flat world? Could gravity be a 4d machine and our 3d plane unable to see the parts of the 4d machine? What critical thinking can be used to study ...
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why didn't Void remain as Void forever? [duplicate]

Before the Universe.. it was always void. Void has no beginning. In-fact only Void can have no beginning. Because only something that does not exist... can be beginning-less. the question is.. why ...
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Is it certain that aliens exist in an infinite universe?

Suppose we have an urn that contains infinitely many balls with different colours. Black balls are very common, and white ones uncommon. We do not know exactly how uncommon white balls are. However, ...
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What's the role of “idealistic” philosophies of well-regarded scientists?

What's the role of "idealistic" philosophies of well-regarded scientists such as Max Tegmark's "Mathematical Universe Hypothesis"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Mathematical_Universe It has been ...
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Why does anything happen?

Intuitively, stuff happens because we decide it should happen. If you don't do anything, nothing will happen. And your decisions come from your concsiousness. However, in the Universe, things are ...
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Is it, a priori, more likely that an unknown object does not exist than that it does?

For me, intuitively the answer seems to be yes. But I don't know how this could be justified a priori. The hypothesis "x does not exist" seems not to be simpler than the hypothesis "x exists". By the ...
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Is it logical to say the universe is omniscient/ omnipresent? [closed]

If the universe encompasses all of causality does it contain all knowledge within in, and furthermore exist in all aspects of it? Or is there a paradox that limits its ability or a contradiction you ...
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Have I found a paradox, or is the universe digital? Or am I just plain wrong? [closed]

If the universe is analog, there must exist an infinite number of positions. This raises an interesting question. Let me boil it down to something familiar: a table and an ashtray. I'll let the ...
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Does all matter exist forever?

I was reading about non-duality (spirituality / philosophy) that discusses the idea that everything in reality is one, since any matter can become any other matter, (a tree can become a chair and a ...
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General question about our universe, mathematics and physics: Why is 1+1=2?

Although everyone is surely wondering about this question, I am asking it here though: Why is 1+1=2? Why is our universe build up like in that way, that such a formula is always working? (I know the ...
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Logical proof of the existence of other dimensions

I'm new to the forum, I'm not a philosophy student, I'm an engineer of sorts. I was struck the other day by a thought after reading several unrelated posts here. Given that : 1) Infinity exists for ...
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Is it possible that I'm “God” or a special being/deity?

I know the first thing you may be thinking upon reading this, but there's more to this than you may have assumed. This is not one of those crazy questions where ego-driven maniacs simply call ...
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Can one not know if they are lying to themselves?

The notion is that one is believed to be lying regarding something they refuse is true -- or in other words "lying to themselves" really means telling yourself something that isn't true when you know ...
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Has anyone described what the universe must be like for agent-caused free will to be possible? [duplicate]

Let's define free will as the ability for a human being to make a choice that does not completely depend on the history of the universe. The universe may be assumed to be indeterministic. Any simple ...
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Can everything that exists have no beginning or end?

Can everything that exists have no beginning? I'm not asking about religious notions (as all the other questions I saw on here seemed to be about), if there must be a God to create a universe that ...
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Why is 2+2=4 a necessary truth?

A necessary truth is something which is true in all possible worlds. How can we be sure that there is no other universe where 2+2=4 can be untrue.
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Intuitively, why are Universal Statements true in the Empty Universe?

Source: p 165. Sweet Reason: A Field Guide to Modern Logic (2010 2 ed) by Henle, Garfield, Tymoczko. I read this on Math SE; please advise if it pertains to my simpler question.   One property of ...
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If we live in a simulated world, doesn't there have to be a first world that's real?

There are people who believe we live in a world simulated on a computer. That computer must have been built in either another computer generated world or a real world. If it has been made in another ...
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Is god just a matter of interpretation?

The common definition of god is that he is all knowing and all powerful, yet he has a personality (merciful etc.), but in my mind those two things conflict with eachother. First off he is all knowing ...
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Why do many physicists flat out refuse to think of what could be “before the Big Bang”? [closed]

I understand that physics works based on very elegantly and intuitively developed mathematical theory, and we are still in the process of figuring out a complete, unified theory: but I have noticed a ...
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Is there a school of thought that addresses an engine behind every physical aspect of the universe? [duplicate]

First of all, this question also relates to physics but goes beyond it, into the phylosophical field. After dealing with physics engines in computer engineering, an idea of something similar crossed ...
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Does the Big bang imply Absolute time? [closed]

The Big bang was conceived after an empirical discovery made a few decades later than Einstein's theorizing of Special relativity. All our physical space appears to have expanded from singular point, ...
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Why are we not just a computer program? [closed]

The problem of how the Universe came about is probably too hard. So let us consider the following instead. Over years from now some huge collection of code run on a powerful computer achieves what can ...
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What are conceptions of time and space? [closed]

EDITED: First of all i make clear what i need to know. There may be too many theories about time, space and their relations. What i want to know: Is there some conceptions that are taken as MAIN ...
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Is it possible to prove that the universe either is or isn't a simulation? [duplicate]

Can it be philosophically proven that the Universe either is or is not a simulation? If someone was in a simulation, could they tell? What would the differences be between a simulated universe and a "...
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How can we prove something exists?

As someone who likes a lengthy argument with many different points put across and many points shot down in the process, I was posed with this question which has made me struggle so far. My friend said ...
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Can there be ugliness in the world of a Mathematical God? [closed]

Let us assume that Mathematics is infinite, represents the multiverse and beyond, and is the deterministic cause of everything we know to exist (the Big Bang and our universe, the formation of the ...
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If universe is infinite and time is infinite, doesn't that mean that “after-life” exist?

Here is the reasoning... If universe is infinite and time is infinite, then there has to be an instance where our life is 100% simulated (in some computer and such). And there has to be an instance of ...
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Is Platonism a “religion”?

Having some general knowledge of Platon, and his ideas about the world of Ideas, could we consider his world of Ideas a divine world? Isn't that the same as the world of God? What makes religion (...
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Can our universe be simulation without simulator?

I have weird understanding of simulation hypothesis. If I look at your universe as simulation then it seems to me irrelevant if simulation is actually executed or not. In my understanding of ...
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Biggest thing that can physically exist in this universe [closed]

If atoms can create molecules, planets can create solar systems, stars can and do create galaxies, and those create what's in the universe, then where does it end? What's physically biggest, and how ...
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Mildly interesting: is the number of objects in the universe at any given time finite? [closed]

My guess is yes. Here's my reasoning. There are a finite number of atoms in the universe (the current estimate is about 10^80). In other words, the set of all atoms in the (observable) universe is a ...
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eternal universe vs. creation in greek phillosophy

I read that Greek philosophers believed in an eternal universe. How could they believe in gods creators at the same time?
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Does a beginning imply an ending? (In regards to the universe)

In regards to the universe if it said to have a start (Beginning) does that imply that it will have an end? Are beginning and ends implied when either ones is said to be true of a proposition or can ...
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Are the laws of order and chaos in our universe unequal? How did that ratio come to be set? Can we scientifically measure that ratio/constant?

A few friends and I sat watching trash TV under the influence last night, and we inevitably started chatting to avoid the white noise facing us. Somehow this chat sparked off a chain of thoughts in me ...
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Is a cyclical model of time and the universe logically valid, and which philosophers (if any) have proposed such a model?

If we accept the following premises: 1: An event (such as a Big Bang) happened. (I use the phrase Big Bang, because many are familiar with that as the "Initial Cause", but this theory would ...
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How could our universe suddenly appear out of nothingness?

How could our universe suddenly appear out of nothingness? I understand that the big bang created all things but how could it when nothingness is purely the absence of everything?
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Is being logical for our Universe, is the only possible option?

There is a lot of questions around such as why mathematics/scientific laws rules the universe (or as an alternative view, they are just our tool to quantify it, and universe exist as exists), but my ...
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Is it theoretically possible for a bottomless pits to exist in a finite universe?

Assuming that our universe is finite, is it still theoretically possible to have a bottomless pit? This all really depends on the definition of bottomless pit. I don't know that I can accurately ...
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Why is there something rather than nothing? [duplicate]

Our presence in the universe is something too bizarre for words. The mundaneness of our daily lives cause us take our existence for granted — but every once in awhile we're cajoled out of that ...