Dreamlands End


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Dreamlands End

  1. 1. Dreamland’s End Why does anything exist?
  2. 2. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Nothing should exist </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>There should be nothing anywhere, anytime </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>There should be no time, no space </li></ul>
  5. 5. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>No matter or energy </li></ul><ul><li>No form, no logic </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>But there is something </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>I think, therefore </li></ul><ul><li>I exist </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>There must be at least one thing - a thinking thing... me </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>But if anything at all exists, and there is no possible explanation for its very existence... </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Then maybe anything could exist. </li></ul><ul><li>If anything at all exists, when and where there should be nothing, then anything is possible anywhere, anytime. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>If anything is possible, then there are really no absurdities. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>What else do we know? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are 17 known laws of the physical universe - laws of thermodynamics, planetary motion, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a backdrop of time and space of possibly infinite dimension. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are rules of logic and mathematics. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Dreamland’s End <ul><ul><li>We have sensory data that we usually trust, and a whole world view on which we build ideas from other people. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We use these to guide our thinking to find answers to difficult questions. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Yet, we have unanswered questions, such as a unified field theory and string theory, questions about black holes, parallel universes and the big bang. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>And we have unanswered questions concerning life after death, the nature of morality, the relationship between mind and body, and, the big one - why does anything exist? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Most cultures have ways to explain the unknown and the unknowable - usually appeals to the other world . </li></ul><ul><li>Most cultures have stories about the beginning and the end. </li></ul><ul><li>Most put themselves at the centre of the universe. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>In our world, we routinely look to causes for explanations. </li></ul><ul><li>When we encounter questions with no apparent causal answers, we are tempted to say that there are influences from another world that is invisible. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We have superstitions, beliefs in both good and bad luck. </li></ul><ul><li>We may believe in guardian angels, divine intervention or demonic possession when we are at a loss for causal explanations or reasons. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Over the course of time, many unanswered questions have eventually been answered by conventional means -- observation --, but with better tools and more curious minds. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>This gives us faith in our thinking and learning processes. They have been fruitful. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Over the course of time, education and technology have improved. We get better at acquiring and sharing knowledge, skills and wisdom. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Over the course of time, we get better at making tools to save labour, extend our senses and preserve our health. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>Technology has continually improved. </li></ul><ul><li>Methods of educating have continually developed. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>More importantly, we also get better at the processes of inventing new tools and creating new ways of teaching and learning. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>While we have made good progress in understanding our world by searching for causal answers within our world, we have not made much progress in understanding that “ other world ”. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We can still attribute the unknowns to another world, but that does not help us make progress in this world. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We are left with an unchanging situation - “ while our knowledge will always be finite, our ignorance will always be infinite ” </li></ul>
  29. 29. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We may approach a utopian world of perfect knowledge, but we will never reach it. There will always be more questions than answers. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>There will always be opportunities to look for explanations in that other world. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>The best we can hope for is to continually improve our abilities to create better tools and better methods of learning. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We keep and copy ideas that work for us and discard ideas that don’t help. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Dreamland’s End <ul><li>We pursue knowledge of whatever exists, skills and tools with which to live, and wisdom to choose the best course for value. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Dreamland’s End How could anything exist?