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How does anything exist?

I want to know everyone's opinion. I mean, isn't the concept of being alive just crazy and strange to anyone? I feel that people don't look around enough and wonder how crazy existence is. Most humans seem to go through life as if they know what they are doing and know exactly what life is. But really, what is anything?

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    Aug 24 2011: Like quantum mechanics....if I observe it, it exists for me. IF I don't observe it, it does not exist for me. That is as far as I can get !!!!!
    • Aug 26 2011: 'if I observe it, it exists for me"
      what about vise versa?
      if you not observe something it not exist?
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        Aug 26 2011: Mr. Ahmadi... If I do not observe something, it does not exist FOR ME, It exists for anyone else that is observing it. By observing I don't limit the definition to eyesight alone. Observation is in the mind not in the eyeball and the blind sometimes observe more than the sighted can see..
        • Aug 26 2011: Dear Helen,
          please think again to my question.

          if you observe you can say it exist
          but if you not observe you can not say it does not exist. you only can say I not observe it. nothing more. and if you say I not observe so it not exist it is not rational even if you say it not exist.
          existing of something not need your believe and it will exist even if you believe it not exist.
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        Aug 26 2011: Dear SR, "if you not observe something it not exist?"

        nope. it may exists and so does flying spaghetti monster, one eyed God, unicorn, phallus God and God with no head.
        • Aug 26 2011: yes they are theoretically possible.
          but there is no evidence or even any claim for existence of them.
          but at least Koran exist as a claim of God.
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        Aug 26 2011: so does bhagavad gita.
        • Aug 26 2011: perhaps they are same with two name.
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        Aug 26 2011: nope not possible. Geeta never ask its followers to lie.
        • Aug 27 2011: "Geeta never ask its followers to lie."
          also God of Koran
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        Aug 26 2011: Sir.....I did not say that object which I do not observe does not exist. Did you notice that I said
        FOR ME. Now if I trust my memory or take the word of another, I can say I believe it exists.
        You have a strong BELIEF that the God of the Koran exists, I do not. The God of Koran does not exist for me. My God is existence.
        • Aug 27 2011: Helen,
          my argument with you was logical not based on belief.
          I said God of Koran for det not for you.
          yes I notices you said FOR ME and what I said was FOR YOU
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        • Aug 27 2011: not ask but allow.
          it is exceptions. 3 exceptions does not change the law.
          each law has exceptions.
          also those exceptions are accepted by any wise human.
          if in a war you be captured with enemy and enemy ask you where is location of your friends and wants to send a missile and kill them all do you say the correct location? because a true God loves his believers and also lie is a great sin a true God should predict such condition in a true religion and allow it. unless that religion is not from true God and is human made. a true religion from true God should be complete with no error. because true God has absolute knowledge of everything.
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    Aug 24 2011: It's strange, and the more you think about it the stranger it gets.
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      Aug 24 2011: When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
      Hunter S. Thompson

      idk why but your post eminded me of this
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    Aug 23 2011: Ah, the big question. I, too, ponder the wonder. The Hubble Deep Field and the idea of multiple universes is staggering. Makes you just want to sing and dance that you're here at all, doesn't it?
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    Aug 24 2011: If you keep trying to wrap your mind around that, you're going to strain something. :-D It is the boundary our minds and language can't pass.
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    Aug 23 2011: Hi Austin
    I'm with you here. My whole life has been trying to understand it all. What I find difficult is that the vast majority of folks don't seem to consider it at all. They just live, watch football, & die without a second thought.
    The whole universe is just hanging there, we are like a mist; here today, gone tomorrow. Life as we know it hangs by a thread, but it's so precious.
    I have come to the conclusion that the bible is on the money, & am now a Christian. Whether I am right, or we are the result of an explosion & lots of luck is a choice we all have to make (or not). Whatever the individual concludes, there is no denying the whole thing is awesome !

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    Aug 23 2011: There is the idea that nothingness is extremely unstable...

    I do think we still don't know for sure how it all came to be (or whole existence), but we can go back for about 13.75 billion years (, and from then on, we have quite a good image about how things evolved from then...

    Living is indeed very fascinating and can be considered crazy...
    We can only say "it just is"
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    Sep 18 2011: Sometimes I just stare at myself in the mirror and think "what am I" Mindblowing"HAHA . mThe only thing I know is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. A child of God who in his infinite love and wisdom made me to love and wonder and worship. :)
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    Aug 25 2011: Good observation Austin.
    The being in itself is the phenomena that is shared by all that exist. It is the core of what we are and around that lies the separateness in which you define yourself or anything for that matter.
    The seer, the seen and the seeing is one and the same, consciousness in action.
  • Aug 23 2011: Thanks for all of your input everyone! I guess where I'm trying to go with all of this is to try to find some sort of way to open the public's eyes to the fact of our existence. I feel that if we all open up to this phenomenon, we can all get over the little stresses in life that bring us down, quit fighting over pointless arguments and disagreements over beliefs which cannot be explained, and realize that we are all on this earth for some unknown reason and should work together to further the human experience. Personally, reminding myself that "I am a part of this world for reasons I cannot understand" helps me put aside problems and negative aspects in life, and helps me put my focus to more positive things life has to offer instead. Fighting over beliefs which cannot be proven only hinders our world's development and may even end up terminating it if we aren't careful.
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      Aug 23 2011: "we are so isolated in this society, we hardly ever realize we are engaging with specific spaces. we need to re-teach each other to notice where we are, how we exist in relation to our environment, and how we hope to re-shape the worlds we live in"
      • Aug 23 2011: Love this quote, who said it?!
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          Aug 23 2011: it was in this anarchist magazine. so use it freely :)
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    Aug 23 2011: It's hard to wrap your mind around the idea of existing. I believe to have existance, a creator has to be the cause of it. And the same has to behind the creator.And the same has to be behind the creator of the creator of the existance lol if that sounds right. I believe there isn't an end to existance if it has always been. It's only right.
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      Aug 23 2011: It's Turtles all the way down! :
      The most widely known version appears in Stephen Hawking's 1988 book A Brief History of Time, which starts:
      A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"[1]
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        Aug 23 2011: Do you believe if existance has always been, there isn't an end to it?
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          Aug 24 2011: Sorry for not placing a smiley next to my remark Kent...

          I don't really "believe", I assume something to be true until new data shows me otherwise.

          As far as I'm informed, we can tell something reasonable about existence from aprox 13.7 billion years ago. We can also assume the thermic death in the far far future.

          Before 13.7 Billion years, i'm agnostic about what was or wasn't there... (even whether there was time before the point we sometimes call big bang).
    • Aug 27 2011: There must be a creator, but I always feel to personify it is to miss the point perhaps. Nuclear fusion could be viewed as a 'creator', as could erosion by wind or water. What it lacks in intention, and design, and existence is so complicated and intermeshed, that for some it is impossible to put it down to chance. But the universe is vast, and although most of it is empty, there are countless planets and systems, such that unique and impossibly unlikely occurences are bound to occur. It is strange, and we are extremely lucky to a) be here to experience it and b) be able to concern ourselves with what its all about. But we can't preoocupy ourselves with it all the time. Our opportunity to live life is short enough without adding levels of abstraction that aren't necessary. And sometimes the simplest answer is correct. Perhaps existence just is, because it was bound to be.
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        Aug 27 2011: If we were ever to get the answer from the man upstairs himself, I don't think his answer would make sense. Firm believer that nothing can just poof out of no where into existance. There will always have to be a creator....for the creator. So it never ends. So I say, If existance has always been, then there will never be an end to existance. Circle of life baby!
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    Aug 23 2011: if you removed anything and everything from this planet that was human construct, then everything would be alive to some degree. so really, we are probably the only ones to realize and construct something that is not alive.
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    Sep 18 2011: Right on man. Great question. I have no idea though. Ha :)
  • Aug 24 2011: "I think therefore I am."
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      Aug 24 2011: So if the ability to hold thought is the demarcation between existence and non existence then things that do not think such as rocks, and wind currents do not exist. Or perhaps they think and we just do not perceive the thought. Or maybe the physical world is just a by product of our thoughts.

      Well anyways I do think but I'm not sold on this whole existence thing.
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    Aug 24 2011: It exists because you're 'talking' about it.

    It doesn't exist because you can imagine the possibility that it doesn't.
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          Aug 27 2011: TED is right. If you want to promote your religious beliefs there are many places you can do that. To do so in TED's conversations, given TED's mission, is inappropriate. Lots of people have told you the same thing.

          It's not censorship in the sense that propaganda and religious promotion have no place in the good work TED is doing to enlighten people and facilitate solutions.

          Just as I know my comment here will be removed for the same reason.