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What is the cause of existence?

 
 
Reply Fri 28 Jun, 2013 04:01 pm
I tried asking this question to 8 or so answer site and didn't get anything I can use, only cosmological/origin answers.

So here goes,

What is the cause of existence?

Why do some things exist and others not?

If I can move "something A" and put "something B" where the "something A" used to be, then why wasn't the "something B" there instead of the "something A" in the first place?

Maybe time is involved somehow.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jun, 2013 07:08 pm
@Windevoid,
failure to use a condom
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Buffalo
 
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Reply Fri 28 Jun, 2013 08:33 pm
Watch "The Matrix"
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fresco
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 02:03 am
@Windevoid,
What is the cause of cause ?
Do causes exist ?
Is this A the same as this A ?

Have fun !
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Cyracuz
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 03:18 pm
@Windevoid,
I am curious what you want to 'use' your answer for.
BillW
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 03:19 pm
@Windevoid,
Human Suffering - legalize long pork!
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 05:58 pm
@Windevoid,
Does it make sense to ask why something does NOT exist--as opposed to asking why something that existed no longer exists?
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 06:00 pm
@Cyracuz,
It seems to be for a intro Philosophy 102 course.
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Olivier5
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 06:04 pm
@Windevoid,
Quote:
Why do some things exist and others not?

Many things do exist.

There might be many reasons why some things don't exist, depending on the things... What types of non-existing things do you have in mind? Fairies? Flying pigs?
BillW
 
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Reply Sat 29 Jun, 2013 08:14 pm
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:

Quote:
Why do some things exist and others not?

Many things do exist.

There might be many reasons why some things don't exist, depending on the things... What types of non-existing things do you have in mind? Fairies? Flying pigs?


many don't!
Olivier5
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jun, 2013 09:51 am
@BillW,
Quote:
many don't!

Yeah? Like what?
BillW
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jun, 2013 12:23 pm
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:

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many don't!

Yeah? Like what?


sasquatch

Olivier5
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jun, 2013 12:28 pm
@BillW,
The reason yeti, sasquatch and other man-ape creatures are no longer extant is our distant Homo sapiens ancestors killed all neanderthal and other human species other than sapiens.
BillW
 
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Reply Sun 30 Jun, 2013 07:52 pm
@Olivier5,
Olivier5 wrote:

The reason yeti, sasquatch and other man-ape creatures are no longer extant is our distant Homo sapiens ancestors killed all neanderthal and other human species other than sapiens.


Wrong, you have a higher likelihood of having Neanderthal genes than not having them and the boggy creek monster never existed - just a good story. But, it truly doesn't matter either way.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 06:01 am
@BillW,
Quote:
you have a higher likelihood of having Neanderthal genes than not having them

Ok so our ancestors didn't kill all of them, they kept a few woman...

Quote:
the boggy creek monster never existed - just a good story. But, it truly doesn't matter either way.

It does matter, to answer to question asked.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 06:11 am
There is no evidence that h. sapiens killed off the "Neanderthals." There is evidence (not universally accepted) from a site in Portugal that Neanderthals and early modern humans (Cro Magnon) had interbred--the remains cited to support this date to fewer than 25,000 years ago, long after "pure" Neanderthal remains are no longer found.

At an archaeological site in Israel, remains of early modern man and of Neanderthals were found, showing that the Neanderthals arrived after early modern man was established at that site. The striking difference found between the two groups was in the middens. The evidence of the middens is that Neanderthals were more heavily dependent of hunting and less on foraging, and that they did not take much advantage of fish and sea food. They left evidecne of far less use of forage foods. They disappear from the site while early modern humans continued there. There were no signs of violent death. The Israeli archaeologists believe that the Neanderthal band simply was not able to sustain itself well in a region where early modern man made full use of fish, sea food and forage plants.

No one knows for certain, of course. However, so far, there is no evidence of significant deaths among Neanderthals from violence, and there is evidence of interbreeding between Neanderthal and early modern man.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 06:19 am
Why, except the progressive disappearance of Neanderthal from Europe as sapiens was marching in. Which is why the last spot where neanderthaliens were found is Gibraltar: the far end of the continent. H. heidelbergensis also disappeared from Asia, odd when you think of our ancestors dancing kumbaya with them...
aniltamang777
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 06:55 am
@Windevoid,
The first cause argument (or “cosmological argument”) takes the existence of the universe to entail the existence of a being that created it. It does so based on the fact that the universe had a beginning. There must, the first cause argument says, be something that caused that beginning, a first cause of the universe.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 07:05 am
@Olivier5,
You're a snide son of a bitch. I pointed out that there is evidence they did not well exploit the food sources available, that there is no evidence of violent deaths and there is evidence of interbreeding with early modern man. I said nothing about "dancing kumbaya" with anyone. It isn't necessary to love and cherish someone simply in order not to murder them.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 1 Jul, 2013 07:06 am
So, when you post bullshit, Olive Tree, i'm going to point it out.
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