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 Post subject: Why?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 7:12 pm 
I'm sure you've all heard the story. A college student was taking his philosophy final. There was only a single, one word question: "Why?" And as his answer, he wrote down two simple words: "Why not?" He passed with flying colors.

But what you mean by "why"? Easy answer. It's an inquisitive correlative of reason. "Inquisitive" has some debate in it, but here, the meaning has little ambiguity. But "reason" brings up the debate of "why" vs. "how," cause vs. purpose. Then, what is "purpose"? "Purpose" is an eventual goal for which one does the action in question.

But then, for a purpose, there must be a goal. For there to be a goal, there must be at least a rudimentary or instinctual intelligence. However, this goal cannot become a purpose until an intermediate action is performed. Therefore, the intelligence must be strong enough to comprehend cause and effect. For there to be a "why" for natural occurences, then, entropy must have at least a canine-level intelligence. If entropy has an intelligence, if it makes thinking choices, then, by definition, there is a God.

So suppose that there is a God. Yahweh, Allah, Iupiter, Krishna, Odin, Cthulu, or what have you. In that case, natural occurences have both a reason and a purpose, a why and a how. Then humanity is not just a random formation. And everything that we do has a purpose as much as a reason. But how much control does this God really have? Is E omniscient? Or just powerful enough to control the bell curve and where it falls? Or is there even a God?

But suppose that there is not a God. There is still a purpose. Any thinking animal gives its own actions a purpose. But what is this purpose, really? Can one call it a purpose? Or can one simply call it a reason, cause and effect? They way nerves fire causes the rest of the body to move in a way that does have a purpose. But if it is random, then where does this purpose come from? It is reason, in a long series. As time goes on, the items go through a series of reactions, clearing away the deadwood. So what "purpose" is, in this case, is simply reason that has been brought by the item in question, to self-replicating. So what we "want" is simply a series of destructions of those who do not want what we want through roughly predictable, but slightly variable, reactions.

But let's go back to supposing that there is a God such that entropy is controlled by a rational consciousness. Then what we consider to be consciousness is the firings in our head being partially controlled by God. But then, we are just puppets of the consciousness. How can we ourselves, just limp puppets, have our own consciousness? The only reasonable conclusion is that God does not have a consciousness by our definition. Then Eir purposes cannot be understood by us.

Conclusion: long, pretentious rants about the philosophical implications of chaos theory are annoying to the reaction system of most human brains.

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Vorpal Bunny Slipper
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Who cares?

Scharr, scharr, verscharr das Gebein, grab es tief unten im Keller ein.
Später dann graben es andere aus, und nennen dein Haus das Knochenhaus.
Scharr, scharr, verscharr das Gebein, leg auch ihre weißen Schädel hinein.
Mit Beton gießt du es aus, das Fundament vom Knochenhaus.
Scharr, scharr, verscharr das Gebein, da ist noch Platz, da paßt noch wer rein.
Hier tobte sich der Teufel aus, unten im Keller im Knochenhaus.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:53 pm 
kreely wrote:

Of course, the obvious answer to that would be, "why not?"

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 6:01 am 
Or perhaps, "Why ask why?"


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