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Thus the initial probability of there being nothing rather than something is one divided by infinity, which is next to nothing, a virtual zero. Conversely, the probability of there being something is as close to one as you can get. So why is there something rather than nothing? Because it always was an odds-on certainty.
This is arguably the most fundamental question in philosophy. I thought this was a cop-out, not to mention a not-so-subtle evasion.
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But there are two major aspects to this question, and most attempted answers only address one. We inhabit a universe we believe to be around fourteen billion years old. Proto-human consciousness only came into being about six million years ago, with Homo sapiens arriving on the scene only very recently — roughly , years ago. Their standard current answer to this enigma is that there are many, perhaps an infinite number of universes.
If this is the case, then there are an infinite number of you and me. A number of physicists and cosmologists have further pointed out that there are constants pertaining to fundamental physical laws whose size permits complex life-forms to evolve. Even small variances in these numbers, up or down, could have made the Universe lifeless.
And as the cosmologist John Barrow has pointed out, the Universe also needs to be of the mind-boggling scale we observe to allow time for complex life — meaning us — to evolve. Brandon Carter coined and defined two anthropic principles on the basis of these ideas. The weak anthropic principle says that only a universe that contains observers can be observed which is a tautology. The strong anthropic principle says that only a universe that permits observers to emerge can exist. Hence there is something because of its materials.
In his brilliant book A Universe from Nothing , Lawrence Krauss develops the idea of self-creating universes. First, he challenges the question itself. He then describes how a quantum theory of gravity permits universes to appear spontaneously from the quantum vacuum with their own time and space. These universes, although tiny, may contain matter and radiation, as long as their total energy kinetic and mass energy minus gravity is zero.
These baby universes normally last an infinitesimally short time. However, inflation — the force that originally powered our own universe — can cause some to expand exponentially and turn them into universes, some possibly like our own, but some possibly with completely different particles and physical laws. Can one not still wonder legitimately why there is quantum vacuum energy and inflation and not nothing at all? Why is there something rather than nothing? One might answer, simply because there is. There are many convoluted paths to this point. If the universe had no beginning, therefore there always was something — its non-existence is therefore impossible.
This idea is supported by a study that predicts that the universe had no beginning yet existed forever as a sort of quantum potential, before collapsing into the Big Bang. Other views conclude that time did not exist before the Big Bang. However, human nature and prior experience lead us to expect everything to have a cause — thus the need for belief in God.
Yet a cause may not always be necessary, even for the formation of the universe, which is beyond our knowledge; if there indeed was a starting point of the universe at all. Of course, if we were to find a proven cause for the foundation of the universe, that cause itself would need a cause — we would be back to square one looking for that said new cause. This is true as any cause itself must have its own cause; there is no simple and confined cause for why the body works, if it is because of our organs, then our organs work because of our bodily tissues, the tissues because of the blood, and so on, until we eventually get to something we cannot explain.
An example of such could be provided by arithmetic, whose underlying laws exist as of themselves. So we come back to the simplistic reason that there is something rather than nothing just because there is. The easiest way to show that there must be something rather than nothing is to try to define nothing. Nothing must have no properties: No size.
No shape. No position. No mass-energy, forces, wave forms, or anything else you can think of. No time, no past, no present, no future. And finally, no existence.
Therefore there must be something. And this is it. Bear with me. Sartre writes in Being and Nothingness that a perfect nothingness would nihilate itself. So imagine, if you will, a pre-Big-Bang cosmic boredom. Now imagine it, in some fundamental way, seeking to become something.
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This implies a kind of experimentation, or play, for the sake of seeing what happens. Everything seems to exist for the sake of being perceived. Consider, for instance, secondary qualities such as light and sound. While we can easily imagine a universe of form and extension — primary qualities — without consciousness specifically, without being perceived , secondary qualities are different. The same goes for light: neither color nor sound exist without being perceived.
So why all this rather than nothing?
To see what happens? Experimentation, perhaps? In this sense, all perceiving things can be thought of as the eyes and ears of God. This has two major implications.
First, there are ethical implications concerning how we treat other perceiving things, the imperative to minimize suffering. You think so? I think they are pretty much the equivalent of lab mice in a maze.
In fact, just the act of making it through that puzzle only ensures that they will have to be silenced in some fashion. You are locked in the Cube with complete strangers, symbolizing the fact that you have to choose who you want to trust in life. The never ending, unpredictable traps symbolize how treacherous life can be. The creators of the Cube are, in a way, God; nobody knows why they made the cube, or how. If you want to be a little less abstract, I think it was built by either a government or some sort of religious organization that has gained almost government-like power.
Still, the true purpose of the Cube will probably remain unknown. Holloway proposed that Quentin abused his children based on his violent personality, it just happened to be a correct assumption on her part. Holy crap, thank you so much for posting this! Wow, thank you so much for posting this!
Awe Inspiring! Regardless on why they are there: as described in cube zero political reason or death sentenced , it does not matter. The ending shows Kazam escaping probably to a final test. Cube zero reveals who Kazam is btw spoilers. Also it does not reveal much about the cube itself.
Also reveals who is Kazam. About the yes answer I believe that if the prisoner would have answered yes then he would be reinstated as a worker the one eyed dude was probably a survivor of the cube , Is a great way to ensure loyalty in a totalitarian system. Before the capitalist reign money were a measure of the work you made. Now due to a lot of economic laws including banking which is theft in reality money are held as value into themselves so you can make money with no work.
If tehnology would disapear we would see the reality that money are just meaningless pieces of paper the same as the pelet of a hamster.
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We become so dependant on these meaningless pieces of paper that we are like slaves. Also you will remark that most people today cannot survive outside this system because they have no skills: they do not know how to grow food, how to build a house, how to make a fire, etc. Kazan could or could not be Wynn. Those lifetimes could have been as himself first, then as Kazan. His memory could have been erased twice.
If not erased, the severe autism would have rendered the inability to properly communicate even if he were to warn members of the group about what they had to face. Most likely The goverment is using alien technology.
Kind of like the film Identity. If we break it down to the simplest part we are left with the truest purest form. Kazan never asked to be put back into the cube.