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by devans99
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

Furthermore, I can mentally project that infinitely regressing stream of (still living) parent universes as far back as eternity itself. However, I simply cannot fathom how it all began, nor can I imagine that it had no beginning and simply “always was.” The mystery is so profound that I have often...
by devans99
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

In other words, just as a human fetus – suspended within the warm living essence of its mother’s womb – is incapable of comprehending the higher level of consciousness and the transcendent (outer) context of the living entity that momentarily contains it, likewise, we (i.e., our “created in the ima...
by devans99
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Start with what you know, don't make shit up along the way.

For the 2nd, you have to think in terms of space-time. Imagine time just as a dimension like space then the universe forms a static, solid shape in 4D space time. No infinity required. No creation required. The universe is completely static, finite; it just is. Right, so it's an entity without a ca...
by devans99
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Start with what you know, don't make shit up along the way.

I have not introduced infinite time; time is finite, circular and eternal (in the 4d space-time sense of eternal - opposite of presentism). This is a valid solution the infinite regress. I think "infinite" and "eternal" mean the exact same thing? eternal. adjective. lasting or existing forever; wit...
by devans99
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Start with what you know, don't make shit up along the way.

We can get out of the infinite regress problem if we postulate circular time. That way the Big Bang is caused by the Big Crunch. Which makes a lot of sense because there is nowhere else in space-time to get enough matter/energy for the Big Bang apart from the Big Crunch. There is another way of thi...
by devans99
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Start with what you know, don't make shit up along the way.

We are trapped in a causal mindset. We expect every cause to have an effect, and every effect to have a cause. Because we are creatures of habit we rely on this inductive principle to conclude that the universe (an effect) must have a cause. And we gave that cause a name. But why stop there with in...
by devans99
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

Speculatively speaking, I suggest that the ultimate goal of evolution has already been achieved. And that goal was the manifestation of a brain that is capable of producing the conditions wherein the essence of life can be focalized and awakened into a new and eternal soul – a soul that is created ...
by devans99
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

If the asteroid strike had not occurred the dinosaurs would have had more time to evolve into intelligent creatures. More time means they would have surpassed us by now - an extra 65 million years of evolution is a long time. Imagine where the human race will be in 65 million years. The dinosaurs w...
by devans99
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

And furthermore, why in the world would you assume that dinosaurs would have evolved into something “better” than humans? ? :? ? If the asteroid strike had not occurred the dinosaurs would have had more time to evolve into intelligent creatures. More time means they would have surpassed us by now -...
by devans99
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

What the heck does “absolutely good” even mean? Absolutely good means without any evil, badness, etc. That which is absolutely good for the lion’s survival (claws, fangs, stealth), is bad/evil for the zebra. That which was bad/evil for the dinosaurs (an asteroid hit on the planet), was absolutely g...
by devans99
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.

I know. Did not think it was worth mentioning. Russel's Razor is only relevant given identical predictive utility also. I am yet to see any two theories with identical domains of applicability which have identical predictive utility. If that were the case - they would be mathematically isomorphic. ...
by devans99
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

I don't understand how God could create something less than perfect if He is absolutely good. The universe is not perfect. Creation of perfect universe is impossible. For example the universe is not perfect if there are other people (clashes of interest) or if you are on your own (lonely) so a perf...
by devans99
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.

I don't understand how you can say Occam's Razor is stupid - less assumptions the better is just obvious - are you stupid? It is not "obvious". A theory with more assumptions that predicts accurately is objectively better than one with fewer assumptions that predicts incorrectly. Occam's Razor is o...
by devans99
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Can God be beyond the universe?
Replies: 87
Views: 5842

Re: Can God be beyond the universe?

Interesting problem. 🇺🇲PhilX🇺🇲 I don't understand how God could create something less than perfect if He is absolutely good. The universe is not perfect. Creation of perfect universe is impossible. For example the universe is not perfect if there are other people (clashes of interest) or if you are...
by devans99
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.
Replies: 126
Views: 5550

Re: Before sliding down the bannister supported by Occam's Razor, wear iron pants.

Whenever possible, substitute constructions out of known entities for inferences to unknown entities. Translated-- Let's figure out how the universe began, and how it works, by using the real information, the physics, that we actually know about it instead of philosophical principles that are subje...