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  •  Good question... (5+ / 0-)
    “Why is there something instead of nothing?”
    Is "nothing" not in fact "something?"  What is a "thing?"  If a concept is a thing, then nothing is something.

    Without something, could there even be a concept of nothing?  If there could be, who would have it?

    If one believes there is no god, then the natural order of things must be an eternal something, because otherwise something would have had to have a creator, either that or be the result of spontaneity.  Spontaneity, i.e., the sudden appearance of an effect without a cause, seems as impossible to prove as is the existence of gods.  

    And so, yes i agree that there is more than sufficient cause for respecting the speculations that conflict with our own.

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Sat May 18, 2013 at 02:45:29 PM PDT

    •  ;) (6+ / 0-)
      “When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
      A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Sat May 18, 2013 at 03:13:36 PM PDT

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      •  Excellent quote... thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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        •  By the way AA Milne was an atheist. (2+ / 0-)
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          "My father waited until I was twenty-four. The war was on. I was in Italy. From time to time he used to send me parcels of books to read. In one of them were two in the Thinker's Library series: Renan's The Life of Jesus and Winwood Reade's The Martyrdom of Man. I started with The Life of Jesus and found it quite interesting; I turned to The Martyrdom and found it enthralling.... One Man! Mankind! There was no God. God had not created Man in His own image. It was the other way round: Man had created God. And Man was all there was. But it was enough. It was the answer, and it was both totally convincing and totally satisfying. It convinced and satisfied me as I lay in my tent somewhere on the narrow strip of sand that divides Lake Comacchio from the Adriatic; and it has convinced and satisfied me ever since.
          I wrote at once to my father to tell him so and he at once wrote back. And it was then that I learned for the first time that these were his beliefs, too, and that he had always hoped that one day I would come to share them. (Christopher Milne, The Enchanted Places, p. 144"

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