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"Why?" is a request for an explanation. It can be understood in different ways because there are many different kinds of explanation. "Why do the hands on this clock go round?" could be a request for a causal explanation, in which case an answer would take the form of an account of the mechanical operation of the clock. Or it could be a ...


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As for the meaning of life, I'm quite satisfied with my current vision and to get there I tried to be the most "down to earth" and tried to be inspired by the "thing" that generated us: nature. I see that the meaning of life is the development of consciousness, not psychologically, but technologically. Consciousness is the emergent ...


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It is only a question of how you wish to use the term "exist." It's just a word, it can be used any way you like. You may use the word "exist" (or "real") to refer only to physically existent things in our current physical universe, such as hamburgers but not unicorns. You may use these words to refer to things that could ...


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"Is everything just coincidence? Doesn't fate exist?" Physics answer: Assuming all things are explained by natural phenomenon (no deity, deities, or other supernatural figure(s) unbound by causation tipping the scales), there's really only two possibilities: If the universe is (effectively) deterministic (all interactions of energy and matter ...


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Is everything just coincidence? Yes. No. Maybe. It depends on your particular philosophical (more specifically metaphysical) inclination. Here are some interesting related concepts: synchronicity, a concept introduced by Carl Jung to describe 'circumstances that appear meaningfully related yet lack a causal connection'; pareidolia, the phenomenon of '...


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We need to start with definitions and a common understanding what the words mean. I like the introduction of the Wikipedia article "Coincidence": A coincidence is a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances that have no apparent causal connection with one another. The perception of remarkable coincidences may lead to supernatural, occult, ...


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To start, we can't really know nature. We only know what we perceive of nature due to our fragile and largely inexact senses (so, our knowledge of nature is highly biased). See the concepts of noumenon and thing-in-itself: http://www.philosophypages.com/dy/t.htm#thing Then, regarding what we can know (the opposite: phenomenon and thing-as-it-appears), we DO ...


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In the strict sense of the word it may be. As there are many events that coincide from the proverbial "end" of the cosmos unto the ends of this earth. Or so I presume. So yes and no. I suppose it may depend on the circumstances and what may have lead to them (insert context here). In the case of the cheese sandwich that would seem to resemble the ...


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The recovering ex-engineer weighs in: Coincidence furnishes an unacceptable basis for running a factory where the cost of downtime is of order ~$1500/minute. In this context, the job of the engineer is to eliminate in no uncertain terms the influence of random chance i.e., coincidence in the functioning of an engineered system. Even non-engineer humans ...


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