point of view: a modern nihilism philosophical/psychological positions and questions

June 12, 2005

1. The origin of the universe cannot be understood.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marc @ 2:35 pm

We can see no reason why the universe exists, and it doesn’t seem we could ever find one. Any explanation would become part of what has to be explained. This is the familiar but no less profound possibility of always asking “why?”: any explanation becomes part of what is to be explained. Given the way our minds are constructed, no final satisfactory explanation seems possible. Even a newly discovered law of physics would pose the question as to why that should be the case — why anything should exist at all or ever come into existence (see, for example, Nozick, 1981, or Krellenstein, 1995).

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