[extropy-chat] something rather than nothing

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Fri Mar 2 12:31:05 UTC 2007

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 10:38 AM 2/28/2007 -0500, someone wrote:
>>The question remains in our universe of thoughts, why is there
>>something rather than nothing?
> Good dog in heat, I get so tired of this fake question. What makes
> anyone suppose that "nothing" is the default physical or metaphysical
> condition, or even an intelligible construct?

I often ponder why there is something rather than everything.

My usual answer is the anthropic principle, but outside our neat little
domain lies all the other Tegmark Level 4 possibilities.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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