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Yaro
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08-06-2003 1:08 PM


I am a bit of an agnostic most of the time, but when my mind drifts tword thinking of a God it seems to make sense. At least so far as there seems to be a metaphysical aspect to the universe transcendent off, yet inclusive, of phisical reality.

Does Phisical reality necisarly negate a metaphysical/spirtual world?

Can it not be a manifestation of such?

The one question that allways comes to mind is simply, what is the universe floating in? What was before the big bang?


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08-06-2003 1:29 PM
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08-06-2003 1:08 PM


Yaro writes:

Does Phisical reality necisarly negate a metaphysical/spirtual world?


No, it can't. Physicalism would deny it, but as I understand things, it cannot falsify metaphysical positions.

Yaro writes:

Can it not be a manifestation of such?


In certain terms, that is precisely what I believe to be the case.

Yaro writes:

The one question that allways comes to mind is simply, what is the universe floating in?


This question is a bit misled, IMHO. Frequently the universe is identified with "all and only that which is physical". This is a physicalist position, and IMHO it is unnecessarily limiting, although in certain circumstances it can be pragmatic. The universe is better conceived as simply "all that exists," a definition that places no ontological limits on our conceptualizations. Looking at it this way, it is a contradiction to assert that something exists which is not within the universe -- or "something exists which is not included in all that exists."

Yaro writes:

What was before the big bang?


Well, its not certain that "before" is a valid referrant relative to the Big Bang, although the newest cosmological models (Hawking's Ekpyrotic Universe, Tegmark's Many Worlds) are speculating about what may have produced the Big Bang.

Blessings,

:æ:


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