A few years ago I was taking a tour of a dome shaped house, and the architect explained to me that domes are an optical illusion. Whenever someone enters a room, their eyes inadvertently glance up at the corners of the room to give them the contextual dimensions of the space they’re in.

He went on to explain that since domes have no corners, that from the inside they appear larger than what they really are, and from the outside, they appear smaller than the space of another house with a comparable footprint.

This notion of context has followed me throughout my life, into virtually every topic I’ve come to wrestle with. Once I can find the “corners of the room,” I can begin to make sense out of whatever subject I’m dealing with.

However, when we dive into the “why” topics of how time and space began, and even the size of the universe, I find myself struggling to even formulate good questions.

Perhaps this is nothing more than a form of therapy for me, but I’d like to take you along on a rare inner personal journey into how I think about the biggest of all big picture issues. And it all starts with one simple question. “Why are there exceptions to every rule?”

The Feud Between Science and Religion 

Even before the time of Copernicus, scientists like Philolaus and Aristarchus of Samos had proposed something other than an earth-centered universe.

While evidence of this line of thinking had been building for centuries, with Nicolaus Copernicus publishing his landmark book “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres” in 1543, it wasn’t until Galileo made his mark in 1615 that the rift between science and religion would reach death-sentencing proportions.

The Galileo verdict caused a rift between science and religion that continues even today.

However, there are some seemingly unanswerable questions that neither science nor religion can offer a reasonable answer to, and I’ll do my best to keep this balanced so I don’t come across favoring one side or the other.

With this in mind, I’ll start with a rather unusual question.

1.) Why are there exceptions to every rule? 

Why is it that all of our rules, theories, maxims, and models all have an exception? This is precisely the way the world works, except when it doesn’t.

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any exceptions, or would we?

On the surface this seems like a rather trite question, and if you ask the average person on the street, most will simply smile, shrug, and move on. But in a world where scientists have spent countless billions to research and understand such topics as the relationship between matter, energy, particles, and waves, everything has to make sense, except it doesn’t.

Even with our basic understanding of math, 2+2 does not always equal 4. It depends on what type of measurement scale you are using. There are four types of measurement scales – nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. Only in the last two categories does 2+2 = 4.

So why do exceptions matter? Exceptions matter because nothing comes with 100% predictability. Yes, we can count on such things as buildings existing from one day to the next, the earth traveling around the sun in the same orbit, gravity holding us down, and the speed of light remaining reasonably constant. In fact, most of the world around has been created around natural forces that can be predicted with high degrees of probability.

For this reason, there is no such thing as absolute certainty, except our certainty that nothing is certain… maybe.

2.) Why do logic and reason fail to explain that which is true? 

In many scientific circles, the only truths are those that can be explained with logic and reason. Religious people use a different metric, but they too have a way of calibrating their truths with logic and reason.

So why are logic and reason such miserable tools for explaining the world around us? It’s as if the world around us was perfect, and then someone divided by zero. Everything perfect has a touch of that one secret ingredient known as chaos.

Is order more perfect than chaos? Or is chaos just a higher form of order? How will we ever know if we can’t explain it with logic and reason?

3.) Is the universe finite or infinite? 

If we were able to travel to the outer edges of the universe, what would we find? Perhaps we would run smack dab into another universe, but how would we know? Would the other universe somehow come in a different color, operate with a different set of rules, or smell slightly like almonds? How would we know?

I’m imagining a large sign that says, “You have reached the end of Universe A! Welcome to Universe B where proximity is not an issue!”

How much is infinity plus one?

4.) Why does anything exist?

Before there was something, there was nothing. And out of nothing, how did we get something? What existed before the big bang, before creation, and before God?

Yes, it becomes very confusing when we throw in theories about other dimensions and non-linear time, but all of these theories fail to answer this most fundamental of all questions, “Why does anything exist?”

We know things exist, but why?

5.) Why does time exist?

Time is the sound of a metronome ticking in our heads, the beat of our heart, the blinking lids on our eyes, the mental waves in our brains, and all the circadian cycles that govern our lives.

Much like fish that can’t understand water because they’re in it all the time, we have a very poor grasp of our most immersive of all substances – time.

Each of us thinks about time differently. To some it is a tool to be leveraged, to others a setting sun, a theory of physics, a philosophy to be debated, the hands of a clock, a lengthening of a shadow, or the grains of sand dropping in an hourglass.

And yet every truth we have about the existence of time comes with a counterbalancing exception to the rule.

I love Albert Einstein’s comment that “the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

What Einstein may have been alluding to is the existence of other dimensions outside of those governed by time. But whenever he made the comment, it always ended with a smile, the universal sign for “no further explanation will be forthcoming.”

6.) Why do humans matter?

We are born as a baby, struggle our entire life with everything from finding food to eat, homes to live in, educating ourselves to gain more understanding, staying healthy, making friends and relationships, raising a family, earning a living, and then we die.

If we have more accomplishments in life, earn more money, have more friends, raise a bigger family, and somehow do everything better than anyone else, we will still eventually die. Right?

In a world teaming with 8.7 million different life forms, how do humans fit in?

Every past civilization, with their manmade structures, machines, systems, and cultures, has eventually succumbed to Mother Nature. Plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi methodically remove every trace of what we leave behind.

Why are humans important?

Does the fact that we can ask questions like these, ponder the unponderable, think the unthinkable, and accomplish things that no other species can accomplish, somehow give us a higher purpose?

Are humans destined to become the guardians, caretakers, and eventually the masters of the universe? If so, then we have to ask…

7.) Why are humans so fallible?

Humans are the bull in every china closet, the off-center bubble on every level, the mystery behind every hidden agenda, and the blunt instrument whenever a precision tool is called for.

We are both our greatest heroes and our most feared enemies. We are praised for our accomplishments and castigated for our failures.

Of all species on planet earth, humans are the least predictable, most destructive, require the longest nurturing period, and consume the most food. At the same time, we are also the most curious, most aware, most innovative, and the most likely to waste countless hours playing video games.

Yes, we may have better developed brains than all the other animals, but that doesn’t explain why we are so unbelievable fallible?

8.) Do human accomplishments have long-term meaning?

If you do a search of mankind’s greatest accomplishment you come up with lists that include the building of the great pyramids, landing on the moon, the invention of the telephone and light bulb, amazing artworks, and the composition of countless music scores. But are those things that human’s consider to be great accomplishments really significant in the bigger scheme of things?

Perhaps today’s human accomplishments are a stepping-stone to what comes next?

We live in a world driven by prerequisites. A machinist needs to understand a single-point lathe operation before he or she can advance to multi-axial milling. Engineers need to understand the concepts of mechanical stress and strain before they start bending a cantilever beam. Metallurgists need to understand thermodynamics before they attempt phase transformations in solids. Physicists need to understand quantum mechanics before they can understand a standard model for particle physics. Mathematicians need to understand nonlinear differential equations before they can understand strange attractors.

Are all our accomplishments just stepping-stones to something else that we don’t know or understand yet?

So what is it that we don’t currently know that will make tomorrow happen?

9.) Why is the future unknowable?

While I’m well aware of the notion that a “known future” will strip us of our drive and motivation, understanding the consequences still doesn’t explain why the future isn’t knowable.

I like to think of the future as a force so massive that the entire universe is being pulled forward in time simultaneously. We have no choice in this matter. The future will happen whether or not we agree to participate.

Currently there are no known techniques for us to speed it up, slow it down, or even try to stop it. The pace with which the future is unfolding is constant, and at the same time, relentless.

Will the future always remain unknowable?

10.) What is the purpose of death? 

Shortly before his death, Steve Jobs said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share.”

But why death?

Couldn’t we just dissolve into a pile of ash, fly out of our skin, step into an invisible elevator preprogrammed to go to the highest of all floors, or just mentally fade to black.

People fear death. We spend millions on vitamins, health food, fitness programs, and doctors all to avoid the unavoidable. Or is it unavoidable?

Why are we so terrified of the unknown?

Final Thoughts

People who surround us today are part of the present and will also be part of the future. For people who are intellectually enlightened and “tuned in,” it’s easy to discount those who have a different perspective.

Yet the future is being created by all of us. If we believe we have a purpose, then so does every butterfly, pocket mouse, and beam of light.

We have all experienced things that we would consider extra-dimensional, such as thoughts that spring from “nowhere,” words that come from our “intuition,” and ideas that torture us relentlessly.

Regardless of your beliefs, start with the most basic of all questions – Why does anything exist?

It’s rather ironic that our first impulse is to use logic and reason to come up with answers, an approach that has historically only been able to answer questions about the tiniest of all fractions of the knowable universe.

If you were expecting me to have all the answers to life’s most unanswerable question, then this column will certainly disappoint you. It has been a lifetime journey for me just to formulate the questions.

That said, I would love to hear your thoughts. Am I asking the right questions? Do you have answers to these questions, even one of them? Here’s your chance to weigh in.

UPDATE: I first want to thank everyone who has tried to answer these questions. However, I’m much more interested in mathematical proofs rather than theories or opinions.

By Futurist Thomas Frey

Author of “Epiphany Z – 8 Radical Visions for Transforming Your Future

109 Responses to “10 Unanswerable Questions that Neither Science nor Religion can Answer”

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  1. Robert Searle

    Yes, I do think that no philosophy, or soience can explain, or prove everything. But at least we can try. My projects may some have relevance here. http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Multi-Dimensional_Science http://www.p2pfoundatin.net/Transfinancial_Economics And http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Universal_Debating_Project
  2. <a href='http://ConstruKs.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>George B</a>

    Much of what was predicted in prophecy - and recorded in history - and stated as fact before science confirmed it - can be found in the biblical record. http://www.creationresearch.org/ http://www.icr.org/ - others... Meanwhile, science runs to catch up - or offer "whiz-bang" theories - that are yet to be proven - but are required by the government to be read in our schools that are forced to disallow and decry and dismiss those historical biblical accounts. Evolution is a "fact" and clearly accounts for climatic/genetic change. The core question is about creation - of the universe - and the life-forms on which evolution then begins to act. The worship of the "religion of evolution" is well represented and widely promoted - including in schools. The conflict is likely more about defending certain assumptions - than discovering/and then accepting the "Truth"...
  3. Daniel Theobald

    Hierarchy could be a thought. I just typed in hierarchy and it gave me the option of hierarchy of angels. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Francesco_Botticini_-_The_Assumption_of_the_Virgin.jpg/300px-Francesco_Botticini_-_The_Assumption_of_the_Virgin.jpg This is a great painting that could have some cross between the science and religious questions.
  4. Roy Volkwyn

    Many psychics can see months, even a few years into the future. Extraordinary ones can see several decades, even a century into the future. One of the greatest living seers/prophets, South Africa's Credo Mutwa, can see some events that are decades into the future. In or before 1993, he foresaw a time when people would have small machines in their homes that would make garments. He incorrectly predicted that this would happen by 2010 - psychics are often incorrect with dates. We now expect to have 3D garment printers in homes, in the foreseeable future.
  5. Jon Ehrlich

    Actually, most of those questions do have answers and I don't mean to sound arrogant by stating that. Because, is it more arrogant to say the answers do not exist or that they do? Almost my entire life has been researching those aspects of our being. The conclusion (so to speak) is: - you're not normally 'here' in this physical world. It is said that a life is more like a walk down to the corner store from 'there', our normal location (and only part of you is here at any point) - you chose your life with the help of your soul guides (see Dr. Michael Newton, Newton Institute and the related "between life" on going studies) based on your karmic needs - your choice - there is no death only transformation - there is no judgment from any one outside of yourself (no hell either... just souls getting momentarily lost) - this is a multi dimensional infinite universe - time is an illusion and important for where we are in this rapid development, physical, time based realm and one of the toughest, best learning environments for the soul (which is an entirely different aspect to our temporary host body) see: Robert Monroe / Monroe Institute - if it's a good fit, the soul usually comes into the body around six months. If not... the work starts earlier with the communications between the child, soul, mother, body/mind. Should fit like a glove, sometimes doesn't. - there is a direct relationship with disease and the body that starts well before the symptoms appear (see John Kortum, Kortum Technique)and the solutions to our health issues will not be found by science but by awareness(maybe the verification). He developed a visual/kinesthetic ability to detect disease from age 8 on, and it was clinically tested to be over 92% accurate - modern technology can not pick up on things he can sense and the technique was taught to the nurse at the clinic (so much more to this story!) - "Consciousness cures cancer" - see Lisette Larkins: Talking with Extra Terrestrials - conversations with enlightened beings. They've been here a long, long time and offer a view that really needs to be looked at very carefully. Clearly there is a lot more, and yes, I would be very willing to part of a discussion. Which by the way is also something we should do with my ideas, which are many. We talked about getting together after one of your last Ruby on Rails talks... would still like to do that. Feel free to call if you'd like 303-641-9042 Jon Ehrlich
    • Jeffrey

      those are not answers, they are theories. You can not prove any of the things you deemed as answers. you chose to believe what you think are answer.
  6. <a href='http://www.Market-Engineering.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Gary Lundquist</a>

    You question why. Evolution. That is why. Evolution of brains enables higher sentience enables answers to more difficult questions. As understood by Humans: Beginning (of the universe), expansion, galaxies, stars, planets, life, sentient life (distinctly higher intelligence, consciousness), sentient life with souls, spirituality (interactions among souls), sentient systems (created intelligence on a par with biologic sentience, e.g. robots), and perhaps in the future, sentient systems (robots) with souls. ...Sentience is defined on ability to ask and answer ever more difficult questions. ... I have no doubts about whether souls contribute to the issues of why.
  7. Rod Graber

    Jim Holt's "Why does the World Exist" grappled with these questions. He spoke with renowned philosophers and physicists. The question became centered on the beginning of the Universe and why would a more complex thing occur when nothing is simpler. I cannot tell what I prefer, the mystery or the knowing. Knowing scares me because we are only a portion of the way along our journey...so how could we really know in this amoeba like state? The mystery saddens me because I see our life as a brief opportunity to understand what we can. What is left for future renditions I will never know. I can say that there does seem to be a story...with protangonists and plots and the like. I can say that it is purposeful that we are here to give voice to that story. It is in fact beautiful that we can converse this way in an attempts to describe it. Surity bothers me for another reason...when it takes the form of self-orientation. That we are somehow endowed with innate attributes designed to serve our ego selves comes accross as shallow to me. So many books are out there to teach us how to get what we want through our spiritual selves. These are baloney I have to say...almost embarrasing in their patronage. I do like the concept of there is an "IS." We are a part of it and we are at varying times dissonant and less dissonant from it. When we are less so, or the closer our allignment, the more insight, bliss, creativity and magic we can have.
  8. <a href='http://lucidbrake.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>John Craig</a>

    Hi Tom, Great questions! When it comes to a way to understand time, I've formulated a somewhat unique interpretation during my own lifetime of thinking along these lines. I'll try to pull it together in a concise way... At the quantum level there's a probability of a wave/particle existing at a given location, and a quickly diminishing probability that it will exist somewhere at a distance away from that point. In a similar way, imagine particles or tiny creatures in the ocean moving around some location at random, always in a Brownian motion kind of way, and always existing in some probability distribution around that high-probability location or dynamic state of existence. Now imagine, at a microscopic level, that the ocean is freezing, and the surface of that vast expanse of frozen water is sweeping through the location where the particles or creatures are chaotically moving around. Boom, in an instant the transition from low predictability locations and interactions is suddenly frozen into a pattern of very high probability, fixed locations and interactions. As life forms we are always trying to "cheat entropy" by predicting future events. We see the truck coming towards us and we predict accurately that within a couple seconds we will be hit, so our consciousness allows us to change that future by moving out of the way. However, our ability to "remember the future" is very, very limited, and randomness of the myriad interacting events in the chaotic future quickly diverges from predictability. Just like at the quantum level, anything can happen, some things with more certainty than others, but all is possible. There may or may not be another truck in an hour, but we can't "remember" that far out into the mathematically chaotic future. At the transition point called "now", the highly unpredictable locations and interactions of all particles and events become frozen into a highly predictable pattern we label as the past. We remember the past well, and use it to attempt to improve our ability to "remember the future" against the great uncertainties in that direction. The better we do this, the more conscious we are. We have a long, long, long way to go in our ability to be highly conscious by this definition. "Now" can be visualized as the transitional interface between the set of all highly unpredictable events and interactions, and the highly predictable and unchangeable set of more or less fixed events and interactions. The ice grows and expands, fixing in place highly unpredictable states into highly predictable states. The surface of the expanding ice is "now". So, imagine that the Universe does all "happen at once" as Einstein avoided, it's just that on one side of the line, locations and states are highly unpredictable, whereas on the other side of the line they are highly predictable. Our ability to "remember", or predict states, is likewise completely different for each side of that transition line. We call that line "now". All this begs the question of why in the Universe would probabilities of states suddenly change so completely and thoroughly? (Just like how the tunneling effect allowing jumps through barriers at the quantum level, maybe there's a diminishing chance that the past can be changed a bit, or the future changed before the transition of now happens, but that's a whole 'nother issue.) Thanks for the great questions!
  9. Gramt Whittle

    The universe is infinitely complex. All attempts to describe the universe or to establish rules to explain the universe are inherent over-simplifications with underlying assumptions which always have exceptions.
  10. Gramt Whittle

    What science struggles most to explain is how order arises from chaos when entropy inherently drives dissolution into chaos. I "religiously" believe that "intelligence" is co-eternal along with energy (which forms all matter). Physics experiments have shown that the thoughts and expectations of the researchers can influence observed behavior of energy and matter. This can be interpreted as intelligence influencing the order perceived In energy and matter, leading to the hypothesis that such influence of intelligence may explaIn how order continues to exist in an Infinite universe subject to entropy and hence why chaos does not reign supreme.
  11. Grant Whittle

    So what is fallibility (or "sin")? Perhaps it is the result of any thought or action that undermines the Intelligent maintenance of the order of the universe and thereby threatens us all by contributing towards the natural entropic devolution towards chaos.
  12. Blake Walter

    I have always thought that the answer to #1 (Why is there an exception to every rule?) is somehow integral to beauty. We can imagine systems with absolutely no exceptions, but such systems often seem stagnant, unattractive. I always have liked the bit from The Matrix where Agent Smith states that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect world without suffering, but no one wanted to live there. It's not that suffering is integral to beauty; rather it is that we experience suffering when our expectations for predictability are thwarted. Without that unpredictability, however, awe and beauty might be impossible.
      • Gjinja

        Or perhaps that 'perfection' is not perfect without growth, progress &/or change. Labels like "flaw", "positive", "negative" are subjective attachments & personal assessments. Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza speaks in length about how humans attach negativity to emotions (anger, hate, envy, etc) that perhaps are actually part of the beauty & balance of natures true inner workings. http://www.faculty.umb.edu/gary_zabel/Courses/Spinoza/Texts/Spinoza's%20Approach%20to%20Understanding%20the%20Emotions.htm
  13. Jordan R

    Tom: The onion seems ceaseless in it layers and this continues to fascinate me. I am neither a scientist nor philosopher. Yet the complexity of the universe astounds me. What a marvelous creation it is and the chance to explore and gain knowledge drives so much human creativity. I recall a statement on the conflict between religion and science by John Paul II which goes something like this; "Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes." It strikes me that no matter how many layers we peal back yet another exists. It is a wonder that I struggle every day to understand. It is, humbling. Best to you for a thought provoking piece.
  14. John Kirk Browning

    Did anyone see this article? Science as perpetual revolution, from its earliest beginnings to quantum gravity By Carlo Rovelli | September 13, 2011, http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/09/13/science-as-perpetual-revolution-from-its-earliest-beginnings-to-quantum-gravity/ I am a Christian who thinks sometimes that much of this disagreement between science and faith could be cooled down a little if my fellow Christians could believe more boldly in what we believe. Then we wouldn't have to defend it so aggressively. We could even offer an olive branch as needed. There just doesn't have to be such a rift between science and faith, even while defending the Bible.
  15. jag1ts

    seemingly unanswerable questions that neither science nor religion can offer a reasonable answer to First things first. Science is limited and, as admitted by scientists, has a long way to go to find answers to these questions. There are many religions, and they have many different things to say. So 'religion, cannot provide any uniform answers. The option to both science and religion is spirituality. There is only one spirituality (unlike religion). However it functions at different levels. So here is an attempt to answer the questions from a particular level of spirituality. 1. There are no exceptions to the(spiritual)rule. 2. 'Truth' requires no explanations.It is an explanation unto itself. 3. Universe, as we know it is finite, because our knowledge is finite. God, and 'creation', is infinite. 4. There is no 'why' in spiritualism, because with our limited intelligence we cannot fathom the unlimited. So there are no answers for every why. 5. Time (and space) exist so that 'creation, would be able to exist. In fact they are part of creation. 6. Humans do not matter. In the petty affairs yes, we would like to think we matter, that is the ego in action. In the grand plan, no we do not matter. 7. Similarly humans are fallible because we are very much limited. Only the 'unlimited, is infallible. 8. No. 9. Again the 'why'. Being unknowable is a characteristic of the future. 10. Death (and birth) are essential for creation. Actually there is no death or birth, only transformation. jag
  16. Mohandas Kizhakke

  17. <a href='http://www.thefuturesforum.org' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Dr. Claire Nelson</a>

    First of all ... I love this article.. Sometimes we all need to take a chill pill and step back and realize we just DONT have all the answers.. Really.. it does not matter how many degrees we have, wealth, titles, power.. we will still die but as you say why do we exist at all.. It is the questions that we ask that make us human.. our constant awareness of a question to be answered.. new questions everyday.. every child asks WHY? WHY? WHY? Every person somewhere is asking the question WHY? Why do we have to have drought? Why cant we stop world hunger? Why do we not value Mother Nature? Why? These small questions are just as unanswerable really as your ten BIG questions and must be the reason why we exist.. to ask unanswerable questions.. Maybe the world is generated by our questions but then we come back to square one.. who made us to ask questions in the first place.. I am an interfaith Christian and engineer so I have no conflict with either Science or GOd because I accept some questions as the ones you ask as UNANSWERABLE.. and now that I am past 50, I am comfortable with knowing I dont know much of anything least of all WHY I believe in both science AND God. That said... so far I am the only woman responding to this question.. so I will be one to ask this unanswerable question.. would we have asked and answered different questions along the way if we (in the Judeo-Christian western world view) had thought that GOD was a WOMAN?
  18. <a href='http://NA' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>HARIHARA RAMACHANDRAN</a>

  19. <a href='http://www.ckairtech.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>N.Chandrasekaran</a>

    All the ten questions need individual analysis ,extending our thought process vigorously on the matter & each one will have a different kind of answer.this will involve a lot of time to react for each question.Anyway I intend to dwell over it to get some kind of feedback.
  20. Cassio Bueno

    If we believe that ETs exist or another life forms from other planet, let's think about this. It's possible that God is the creator, so God sent your son in this planet too, like he did with earth.
  21. admin

    I've been reading all of your responses with great interest, and I've been getting a ton of private emails as well. However, I'm still not convinced I've read anything that would truly constitute an answer. One fascinating speaker, Wade Davis from National Geographics, has a way of touching on these topics in a rather indirect way. I would love to hear your thoughts on his talk titled "Why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BRzgAxw9k Note: He and I were both speakers at Creative Innovations 2012 in Melbourne last year. Thomas Frey
    • admin

      Scott, a very fascinating way of analyzing our existence. I agree, although it still doesn't answer the "why fallible humans" and "why does anything exist" questions. Tom
  22. spikosauropod

    If you think of the universe as having several possible default states, the question of why there is something rather than nothing is greatly simplified. The obvious default states that one might consider are: 1. nonexistence 2. a single dimensionless point 3. three dimensions of empty space However, there is only a fictitious hierarchical difference between the three. We naturally think of three dimensional space as "normal", but it is really just one more dimension than two. Why not four or five? Why not ten? A single dimensionless point seems to be at the bottom of this fictitious hierarchy, but it is barely distinguishable from nonexistence. Apparently, the universal choice function that is demanded by logical consistency, chose existence over nonexistence and a number of dimensions that is greater than zero. As for the question of why humans are fallible, I think that comes down to what you mean by fallible. I tend to think of our own space (not the same as existence) as a ship in a bottle. The universal choice function is attempting to build this ship without violating the container. Apparently, part of the process of building the ship involves humans passing through stages that might be interpreted as fallibility. In actuality, it is just a case of waiting for the glue to dry before you add another piece.
  23. R Kumar

    Your questions are themselves answers to our existence. The "known" is limiting the unfathomable to suit our level of ignorance. As you rightly pointed out knowing the future is like the all knowing, leaving nothing to your imagination and limiting the expansion of your knowledge. Life is limited but the boundaries unknown making it all the more liveable to seek the unknown. Your ten questions are only the beginning of the unknown. Let us all probe the unknown and expand the borders to see more of them. Happy hunting till death curtails our humanly endeavours. - R Kumar.
  24. <a href='http://www.linkedin.com/in/productmanagercawww.linkedin.com/in/productmanagercalifornia/lifornia/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Phil Sallaway</a>

    Great Post A lot depends if you believe in God and have faith. If you believe in God and that God is all powerful, then God can do things the way God wants to do things and Gods rules are not understandable by us humans. If you believe in Science then the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle applies and observer effects the observed so what we know is only known at that brief moment and it changes..... For me faith in God works Phil S.
  25. <a href='http://www.in-the-moment.co.uk' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Mark S</a>

    Leaving aside matters of faith for a moment, one could take a far more secular and prosaic view of the issue, and consider instead equally puzzling questions on everyday matters that could lead to profound insights. Taking the John Allen Paulos approach for example; 1) What is occasional furniture the rest of the time? and 2) What happens when wine vinegar goes off - does it turn back into wine? These are unusual, but by no means invalid, takes on the death and furniture and arrow of time debates respectively. They also demonstrate the need to challenge our assumptions before we frame the question rather than after.
  26. <a href='http://www.nuttalls.co.uk' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Mick Steele</a>

    Tom, This was always going to create a lot of responses from both 'camps' and neutrals. Regardless of the views of creationists, the facts are that modern man is an evolved species with a lineage that started in the palaeozoic oceans (along with all life on the planet). Because of this fact, and the paradigm nature of the evolution to sentience for man, the 'answers' to more 'questions' are contextual to that journey. Ask a medieval man about the universe and God fulfills the mans lack of answers as a concept. This is due to the limitations in the ability to ask the 'right' questions and formulate an experiment or observation to provide answers or usually more questions (but better ones!)As the number of humans have increased and proportions of those populations have actively shared ideas and results, the COMMUNAL knowledge of mankind has increased. This community of minds have served to push the barriers of lack of knowledge further and further back, and left less room for the 'God' card. In the event that individuals or whole societies choose to ignore or disbelieve this pooled community of knowledge is again part and parcel of the 'evolution' of the species. I find that religion has generally been a hinderance to science and the curious nature of man. Your point on Copernicus and Galileo is a point well made. The societies at the time can be forgiven, as the facts and evidence were not universally known, and only the church were allowed to say what was true and what wasn't. Luckily today, the church is not regarded as an institution that is describing the universe with data and reliable observation. The human condition is that due to the nature of our virtual community, our minds have outpaced our physical evolution, and the biggest problem we have is that we cannot escape looking at the world through the lens of our physical beings. This sensorium is the limitation of our ability to transcend the physical and view the existence of everything in a truly realistic way. This statement is not any confirmation or affirmation of the existence of a soul or non-physical entity. The truth of the matter is that we can think far deeper than we restrict ourselves. By trying to answer these deep questions using the human sensorium is impossible, as our mindset requires absolutes. We always try to 'visualise' whatever we are talking about, or to 'sense' it in some way using any or all of our other 'senses'. These are restrictions to the big questions, as they are by nature unfathomable to the human condition. Perhaps a few more thousand years, and we could be at a sufficiently evolved level (maybe as a fully electronic sensorium)to see the universe as it really is and better understand our unique position in the universe as probably the only sentience within it.
  27. Dan

    1.) "Why are there exceptions to every rule? " Is that a rule? What is the exception to it? If there is an exception to it, then it's not true since that would mean a rule doesn't have an exception. If there's no exception to this rule, then it's not true because this rule has no exception. What's the exception to the rule that no information can travel faster than the speed of light?
    • FuturistSpeaker

      Dan, The exception is that all light doesn't travel at the same speed, calling into question many different rules of physics. Yes there may be rules that don't have exceptions, but that would be the exception, not the rule. Thomas Frey
  28. Glen Pekofsky

    What is space? What's outside of space? And what's outside the outside of space? What created matter? And what created that? What is consciousness and why does existence exist? And so on. I perceive an apparent reality, and the best I may be capable of is believing that I am experiencing an occasional shade of joyousness. Although my understanding may have absolutely no relationship to actual reality, I am confident, though unsure, that I cannot relate to something seemingly unknowable. Indeed, what is infinity + 1?
  29. <a href='http://misterunbreakable.blogspot.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Shakim</a>

    (1) There is NOT an exception to EVERY rule. For example: There is not a single LIVING being that can also be DEAD while they are alive. This RULE is never broken. Zombies only exist on television (smile) And 2+2 IS always 4, the others u mentioned are NOT 2+2, in other words, PHYSICAL problems cannit be solved with METAphysical answers.. (2) the first assertion was correct, the second is false. What religious people do is hold to "illogical" ideas in spite of their lack of logic and reason. They will say something like, "GOD IS NOT BOUND BY LOGIC!!!!!" (this makes their deity APPEAR invulnerable to cognitive thought processing. For example: a christian gets cancer, this christian goes to a doctor, the doctore treats them and they credit, JESUS. this isn't truth or anywhere near, its ignorance. Rational people do not assert the idea that there are "personal truths", I'm curious to why you made a claim for religious thought but neglected an example. Seems fishy. (3) This questions exposes your lack of understanding what universe MEANS. it is the TOTALITY of EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS, OBSERVABLE or PONDERABLE.. With this properly understood, one can see that talks of multiverses is not science but pseudoscience. How can there be more than one everything? Simple answer, it cannot. You cannot travel to the EDGE of everything and then find more things.. your premise is equivalent to claiming u removed EVERY penny from your bank account but somehow you believe its MORE in there somewhere. Incompatible argument. Furthermore, u. Deflected from dealing with the possibility that the universe is Eternal. I'm wondering why. (4) This is an irrelevant question to ask, and its loaded the assumption there was a point where nothing existed. That's like asking "do I STILL beat my wife" without knowing if I EVER DID in the first place. People such as myself hold no position that something came from nothing, it should be clear why asking this question is nonsense (unless ur asking folks who believe in a beginning) (5) Time exists because we humans created the axiom to explain and measure the movements within space. Because a rock can roll from A to B, We can calculate the distance and motion as its result. For example: if a GOD has always existed, then time has always existed. Unless he was frozen, everything he did took TIME to do so. These ideas are only hard to answer when you are basing your questions off misinformed ideals in the first place. The Albert Einstein quote actually refutes your own question. Its impossible for you and your parents to be born simultaneously, this is what Einstein meant. Your distortions are why you are so conflated on these matters (6) humans matter TO HUMANS. I'm seriously starting to wonder the purpose of these questions. Still, in a world with all these life forms, its clear where we fit in. Just as every other form, we live, eat, struggle, raise seeds, die, etc. Death is a part of life, accept it. You just as all other animals are a part of the world, not outside of it. "Think the unthinkable" sounds cool, but, its rubbish, if you ARE thinking it, then its ABLE to be thought about. 7. The answer to that is child's play. We are fallible by nature, this is what anybody creative does. You create something in the moment of need, then as need increases, we recreate that something in greater capacity. Our minds are not static, if they were learning would be impossible. Its not a weakness, its a strength :-) 8. This question just collapsed on itself, see answer to 7. Since this is a rearranged form of the same question. If you can see what our past had in store for our present but are confused about the future, you need to look harder. 9. The future is unknowable because we are presently creating it. If I choose now to use a condom, its safe to see I eliminate a child from existing in the future. Has nothing to do with losing a drive, its just Intelligence. For example: if I saw my death in advance,and took steps to avoid it, then obviously I DIDNT really see my death. Its like God with adam and eve, its no way EVE could have obeyed God, he knew before he made everything, what would happen, if his foresight is correct, she HAS to eat the fruit, if she doesn't eat it, his foresight was wrong. . This is why, we cannot know the future before we create it :-) (10) this is another question where you speak for people who don't hold the position you attribute to them.. Plenty of us, DONT fear death, and we understand its purpose, which is to no longer exist in the form we have been in. DO I look forward to death? No, but I have accepted it and have no fear of it.. (P.s. you say you didn't want to show any bias but, your entire list of reasoning is based on religious thinking. I find that very peculiar)

    answer of all 10 question is given by science. but the main scientists of science are non Muslims. they do not believe in ALLAH (GOD). this is the main fault, of which science is not be able to give answer of all these question. Einstein and Stephen hawking are two big scientist whose thinking are amazing. both scientists proved mathematically that there is nothing in this universe except gravity(g). before big bang only gravity exit. because when time is zero. according to eq. g=v/t when t=0 it implies that gravity is at its maximum limit means affinity. when time is zero then there in no mass (m) before the big bang. when m=0 according to Einstein eq. e=mc^2 energy is zero. there is nothing except gravity. Stephen hawking says that gravity is responsible for the creation or destruction of this universe. and there in no GOD behind the creation of this universe. but i totally disagree with Stephen hawking view, because if i pick a stone in my hand and threw it at the Stephen hawking head, he would die with this act, then according to Stephen point of view i am not the killer of Stephen hawking, Stephen is killed by the force of mine, which i exerted at the stone. but no one can accept it that i am not killed Stephen, and the actual killer is the force. like wise this there is some one WHO controls the power of gravity. HE is the master of gravity.HE posses this power. and HE is unique, only ONE, ALONE, MOST POWERFUL,and HOW is this? HE is the only ALLAH(GOD). When we believe this that ALLAH(god) exist. then the religious is true. and when you study the Islam as a true religious then you will find the answers of all these questions. one thing we should remember that ALLAH is most powerful and we are nothing in front of him.
  31. Muhammed Aaqib

    In Islam, Allah says that life a journey, a test. This Earth is just made for our humans. The real world where we should be is Hell Or Heaven. Do good deeds, follow what Allah says and hope for Jannat. No doubt, Allah is all forgiving, the (mistakes). Many people say that if there was a God, no one would be suffering from pain and poverty. Sometimes, Allah is checking us, and sometimes, Allah publishes us in the world, not on the day of judgement. It's my faith, just sharing my beliefs, nothing else. I respect other religions because Allah has told us to respect other religions.
  32. J. Spander

    I am almost amused at the various attempts to answer these questions. The truth is that all of the answers to the questions you have asked are here. No single person gave all of them without introducing some predefined ideology, but all of your answers are here. I'm going to take a guess and say you are a person who would relish finding them amongst the rubbish. Enjoy!
  33. Abdullah

    These questions and many more have answers in Islam religion in detiles. I suggest you try to read about it. It is the only religion have the logic and reasonable answers. Thanks Abdullah
  34. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Me</a>

    There can't be multiple universes or else that defeats the purpose of calling it a universe. Universe=all existing matter and space considered as a whole i.e. everything, there can't be multiple universes without multiple dimensions and even then you're still in a gray area.
  35. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Brian</a>

    First, I want to say thank you for what questions that you posed as I do have an open mind, and like to read what other people are thinking. The questions that you asked can only be answered buy believing in an eternal being who created everything in time with a purpose. I believe one of the greatest statements that you made was that if human existence matters, then so does a light beam or a butterfly or any other number of things that we can name. Knowing God by faith has answered all of these questions for me, and has gave purpose to all of life, and even death. He is my final answer, and no one said that we had to understand everything to enjoy life. People claim that in heaven you will know everything, but I beg to differ. I believe that life itself is one continuous exploration of the unknown and the joy of new revelation. Thanks
  36. <a href='http://none' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>some kid</a>

    I loved the article. After reading about 15 of the responses I was left with more questions than were asked. 2 of these being why is no-one answering the original questions and why are they so loquacious and garrulous. Here are my laconic answers: 1. Our rules, theories, maxims, and models are flawed 2. We have to understand what we are explaining to be able to explain it properly 3. The universe is infinite and is amongst other universes in the 4th dimension ---this is the same as saying where does the 2nd dimension end yet there is a 3rd dimension. 4. In an infinite amount of universes, there are infinite possibilities, hence this was just the lucky 1 that things do exist. In others nothing may exist or others may exist very similar to this one but with slight differences or even great differences, etc. 5. Time does not necessarily exist. Time is something that humans have created so we can watch the days go by. ---Additionally ‘the beginning’ of something is a concept based in a flawed system(time) that humans have created. ‘the beginning’ is a flawed concept from a flawed system that doesn’t necessarily exist, hence why ‘the beginning’ of the universe is such a hot topic. Same applies to ‘the end’ 6. We don’t. to the sub-question; why are we important- were not 7. – see a psych for this question 8. –don’t know the future 9. Because our brains are programmed for remembering the past. We can’t know/remember the future because we haven’t been there yet. 10. To recycle the used atoms back into the earth for other uses.
  37. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Chris H.</a>

    Philosophically speaking, "What is the meaning of life? " Is a question of perception. Meaning the answer is whatever you have devoted your life to for some people its science for others its religion, its whatever you choose it to be there is no singular meaning of life. It varies from person to person, what does that have to do with any of these questions? Simple, broadness and perception. Morals, would you have known the difference between right and wrong if someone hadn't told you what is right or wrong? You don't know because you were taught. I am neutral in the idiotic argument of religion or science. Because its a pointless dispute you can lead a horse to water but you can't MAKE it drink. No matter how bad you want someone to see things your way everyone has the free will to choose what they believe in. Every decision you make right now effects what will happen later on in life. I have no clue what's going to happen tomorrow there are too many variables to predict or know the future. I can simply ponder on what may or may not happen and if I spend all my "time" pondering on what may or may not happen in the future I lose the time in between. The future becomes the past our lives become the past. What is NOW will not always be regardless of whether there is a beginning or not there is always an end its inevitable. What is the point of millions of years of evolution when a species could go extinct in the blink of an eye? What is the point in the pursuit of knowledge when it can all disappear in a millisecond? I apologize for ranting. In summary of your ten questions, I personally believe you have the right question subjects but you asked the wrong questions. These are too broad to have a singular answer at the moment. Like you asked "what is the purpose of death. " a similar question is "what is the purpose of life" these are again questions of perception......... and I'm ranting again I'm gonna leave it at that and simply observe. Opinions are like assholes, well this has all been my opinion. Sincerely, Chris H.
  38. <a href='http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003469729624' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Samia</a>

    It depends on the level we are taknlig about. People like Stephen Hawking even think Einstein's Theory of Relativity can be improved upon because it is an approximation and does not meet the observations exactly. There are still questions about the differences between quantum physics and relativity. There are still things in the quantum world that remains mysterious such as entanglement. There are new species being discovered all the time which open a new light into the time period of evolutionary occurrences. And so on. I wouldn't label any of these total failures. More of a narrowing down to the truth.
  39. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>John Graham</a>

    Hi Mr Frey, Came across your interesting website recently and take the liberty of sending a few thoughts on time that you may find of interest? It is by means a comprehensive study, rather more of an introduction. Quote: I love Albert Einstein’s comment that “the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.” Unquote. 'We do not see things as they are - we see things as we are' Imagination will always overcome willpower; you can never will yourself to do anything successfully if your imagination is on another frequency. Imagine the future as an event that lies ahead of us. Time is moving on and we along with it. Is this perception true? How does the past, present and future impact upon our country, our town, our family, our planet and upon us individually? Why are they all affected in different ways? The simple representation in (Fig.1) shows an imagined time flow. ============> =============> ============> (Fig.1) Past Present Future Words form the languages we use to communicate with each other, there are of course other forms of communication, but we will not investigate these here. If we accept “The Power of the WORD “– Then this opens up a huge information source hidden within language. Language then becomes a tool for communication on several different levels. A common expression often heard in the English language is: “I wonder what tomorrow will bring”. This expression would appear to indicate that the future is actually moving toward us. Imagine that the future is moving toward us as represented in (Fig.2.) ==============> ===========> O<============= (Fig 3) (a) Past (b) Present (c) Future Let us now imagine that we transfer this thought process over to a personal interpretation. (a) PAST———— The person you are at this moment. (b) PRESENT—— The person you would like to be or are striving to become. (c) FUTURE——– To enable (a) to develop into (b) input from (c) is required. If we consider this thought form then we can perhaps begin to perceive that past, present and future are not independent time scales. They are all parts of a single entity. The Foundation Physically we are always in the present, but much of our “mental” lives are spent in a combination of past and present. How much of our lives actually used in thinking about the present? We spend an inordinate amount of our lives thinking/talking about the past and planning/ talking about the future. Some people have a stronger connection to one side. Generally speaking, children and young people are full of energy and are strongly connected to the future. They do not have a long past. Elderly people have a long past and many often live in the past – a weak future connection. A weak connection to the future can result in many negative traits, both mentally and physically. This does not mean that we must ignore the past. It is necessary, however, to choose those parts of our past that are beneficial and drop those that are not. This is not as simple as it may sound. Many people are very possessive. Those of us that live in western society do not need reminding of this. In order to develop one is required to grasp the future and let go of the negative aspects of the past. History shows that the negative aspects of the past have a tendency to repeat themselves time and again; not only on a personal level, but also nationally and globally. Why, because human nature forgets, relatively quickly, the negative aspects of the past. Human nature, of itself, is basically all about self – Get as opposed to Give. As the past was once the future (as perceived by us) then we can expect, and need to be watchful for, the negative aspects the future is likely to bring with it into the present. In other words, past actions have future consequences that only materialize in the present. If we look at the present chaotic state into which the world is rapidly descending then we need to ponder over the failure of the evolutionary model and how the creational model is leading us to potentially repeat the events that led to the world Noah inhabited Looking far back into Biblical history we find in, Genesis 11:6, confirmation of the power of imagination. “And the Lord said, Behold the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: ( build a city and tower ), and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have IMAGINED to do”. The above could perhaps lead us on to considering the meaning of a word ‘Nowhere’. NOWHERE. A word that, on the face of it, has little meaning - Where is nowhere? However, if we break that word down into component parts it takes on significant meaning. NO!-WHERE? - Would appear to indicate SOME-WHERE? - That many are sceptical of. NOW-HERE would appear to indicate where we are now? – From nowhere to now here. Again the word Time comes to mind – but will let it go for the time-being. Regards John
  40. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>John Graham</a>

    Hi again, I am afraid the figures did not transfer correctly on my recent comments. One is actually missing. Hope the comments makes sense nonetheless. John
  41. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>A Abdullah</a>

    Hi Friends, I want to answer question no 4. Before that, I ask one thing did you ever know where you were before your birth. Quran verses 86:5 ask " So let man observe from what he was created." Now ask you the same If you are 18, then before 20 or even past where you stay. So please read Quran,but not only Quran other as well then only you get the true solution. Because Quran is not just a book of Muslims fait, it's a book of all... Yours thought and gide.
  42. <a href='http://Website' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>abdul khader</a>

    Good post. On one hand, nothing is permanent, but on the other nothing is temporary either. Every thing which incinerates or turns to fumes just changes its form to ash, smoke, gases etc.. Prophet Ibrahim (abraham) was asked to cut pieces of birds and mix their flesh, and place them on different hills, go back to his place, call the birds, and they will return to him. This was just an example for him to understand. In the same way every soul has to wake one day with their body and all other forms have to come to their originality. We created gadgets and machines, they are nothing but different forms of metals and materials.
  43. Rem

    Perhaps attempting to answer these questions is a waste of time, and we should focus on the here and now, if that leads us elsewhere, GREAT! If not, then we will be on the same path we've always been on... so quit worrying, and just enjoy the ride.
  44. Daniel Nghilifilwa

    To think of it, I've been asking myself the question what we humans are doing on this earth, I've taken science and religion into consideration and my theory is that... Humans are here as an experiment inorder to find out who is suit to go to the promised land 'Paradise' and just like in science after an experiment those that shows positive results are taken for further testing and those that do not show good results are thrown away and in the case of religion that were 'HELL' comes in. I can go further with my conspiracy... contact me @ piracycrew@gmail.com
  45. <a href='http://www.intwoinfinity.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Heike</a>

    some of our answers to your questions you find here: http://intwoinfinity.com/infinite-universe/
  46. Khizra

    Neither Science can answer...this can be a validity but Nor any religion can answer....well for that you must go for the comprehensive study for religions of the world most importantly Islam.As a number of science discoveries have been found by its aid through Holy Quran.
  47. <a href='http://chris.czinner.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Chris Czinner</a>

    1. There is no exception to law. It is decided in a mathematical equation. I'm talking about in a physical world. Where you can't fly. 2. Logic and reason don't fail. usually the failure comes because there was no logic or reason and everyone agreed without understanding. 3. the universe is infinite. Our universe is finite. As it is discovered then our universe expands. Until then we have no idea and believe it to be finite. 4. It exists because of light. It has been defined as matter. If your talking in a purposeless sense then we exist because we are a virus that cannot be cured. Otherwise we would be extinct and wouldn't exist. 5. Time exists because it was defined and based upon occurrences. We base our calendars on this method. 6. Humans matter because they can either be the virus or the cure to the ecosystem that we are inhabiting. 7. Because humans are at the top of the animal kingdom. The circle of life is beneath them. 8. Yes. If the accomplishment isn't destroyed through evolution. 9. The future is unknown because if you knew it then it wouldn't be the future. Who is to say you haven't already lived it and are just getting your memory back day by day and its all a dream. 10. The purpose of death is so you value your life. It is an appreciation, just like hearing can be taken away, and your sight, death is when all your conciousness is taken away. And your body no longer subconciously lives. If you contribute to the collective knowledge and leave something that benefits people then you will never die. Your physical form will just be shut down.
  48. Dharm Bapodara

    Hmm I think someone knows all the answers but we don't know who he/she is?? it can be anyone u, me, or others but I think we ll get those answers very soon
    • Kevin

      I haven't read everybody's comments and answers, but someone may have said what I'm about to say so I'm just confirming it. The only truth we've found so far is what the Bible and the prophets have foretold. Jesus Christ being a prophet (son of man) declared that He is the truth. "Search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, but it's they that testify of me"
  49. Abhinandan S Jain

    I know there are many confusions on the thoughts you described above. Word confusion is used as all the measurements to calculated facts like weight, time etc. made by human beings as he/she found well according to circumstances. These are not universal measurements made by nature. Second thing every thing is finite but our research is still going on so we think every thing is infinite. Third human beings are only machinery which developed through a process but we are still unknown to the facts how to make it alive for a long time. But the fact is body will definitely destroy. Oh yes we can made our brain alive for long time till we need. The main thing is brain and not our remaining body. Fourth thing energy moves on from one thing to another. It takes many type of shapes like kinetic, static, light, sound energy etc. I think we are just estimating the things so we are behind. Please move towards the things and then say. I am sure perceptions and other things will be over. And one thing more there is also a speed which is far more faster than light speed. I am not scientist so no theorums and formulas as they are only estimations or measurements which some times (not everytime) delays time and restrict your thoughts. I need a healthy discussion on the topics.
  50. <a href='http://i%20dont%20have%20one%20yet' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>saleh ammar</a>

    the reason of death is simply to stop asking "why" to imagine someone who lives forever by then he/she will know everything and if that happen he/she will create a loop or a life maybe or even a big bang because does not she/he knows everything ? from this perspective, she/he will control what's created using the known information that she/he gain throw he/she life span which is forever but there is a problem here if that was true because all that's written above lead to one thing which is god existence and if that is a fact by then the problem is the following if she/he became a god using this loop and created us then why we rely on acting like gods on earth (top of the system best organisms) and preventing saying it and put all that we learn and what we don't know in terms of god existence some people will answer its easy because he does exist , if so why we die ? is it because we are not aware of our existence reasons or because he /she want to be the one and only that knows everything from this theory, i believe the death is a lack of continuity an error that happens in the calculation of what's known as repetitive in human body wich is growth 1-Why are there exceptions to every rule? because we are the first organisms who asked "why" then now we ask why we ask why 2-Why do logic and reason fail to explain that which is true ? because if everything is obvious by then we will stop asking why and that will make a lack of developing which will end us 3.) Is the universe finite or infinite? finite in case of any big error in calculations until now its infinite for us 4-Why does anything exist? for the same reason why you asked this questions if death= true then life= true and so one all what's not known is not known to make us think higher for example you know more than what a fish knows so that means you know the unknown if you'll know everything then back to the top of whats written and start over
  51. gadfrey

    oh.. I think all this questions are answereable, if you just broaden your thoughts... like about unknown future.. what if God has revealed u ur future and ul know that tomorrow ul die? revealed future makes life a shit... and we die and fallible because we are made of dust... not of gold.. and time exist becoz God made it, for He is outside of time..
  52. Mawande Cewu

    They say there was once a greatest wise man who happens to be a philosopher at his time (Solomon), after searching for answers such as these you mentioned, he ended up believing that all that is important for human beings is to eat, drink, and love someone. He concluded that all life will continue the way it is irrespective of whether intellectuals take responsibility to expose new things or not. My view is that maybe at the end of his research he saw that some things for us as humans, are not meant to be known to us, because they can discourage humans from learning.
    • Chris

      This made me think of a game i watched. Halo Legends. Cortana speaks about secrets you mentioned, so let me phrase it. "This galaxy is vast. Its wonders and beauty are almost unfathomable. But the galaxy also hides dark secrets some which have lain dormant since the beginning of time itself. There is a danger in secrets, both in seeking and in knowing, some things are meant to be hidden from view. You see, some mysteries defies understanding , sometimes even in the things we think we know are untrue. Some secrets should remain untouched. Secrets can tempt your primal instinct."
  53. Jim Lobb

    For me there is an absolute. It is unacceptable because of what it projects, and because of that we rationalise with supernaturals It's simply "Nothing creates itself". It means that self creation (i.e. a creature such as man giving itself genetic inheritance and post conception developmental environment) is impossible, and the mechanism for evolution is mutual development (or nurture). It means that nothing has any responsibility for whatever it is. It means that we develop the environment that develops us. From such a mindset you can appreciate the perfection of everything, including the perfection of the imperfections we see. You can see that everything cooperates according to its developed nature and that "non cooperation" is merely disapproval of the way something cooperates. Life is the experience of a virtual reality.
  54. Anonymous

    For Christians, #4 can be answered in John 1:1. Now, it may be confusing because it says that the word was God and the Word was with God, but God doesn't want us to know everything.
  55. Teejay

    The words "true" and "false", are coined by man. All the answers are nothing but opinions, be it of scienctists or saints. Hence, like you said "we're certain about nothing but uncertainty" You asked "why are there exceptions to every rule?" My question, Why do most of the things even have to follow the rules? Rules are always created. Unless I monitor a process, a reaction, only then will it go my way. If that is so then who is monitoring the whole universal system? And why? For what purpose? Again this is "my opinion". Because people believing in science would never want to ask who is behind the system and as for those of us who are religious would never want to dare think about everything running on its own. I can answer all of your questions but they will be based on my choice. Of course, people explaining your questions with science can give you proofs, measured by man made instruments and theories, proposed and accepted by men. And religious people can show you their books, which are questioned for their truthfulness every now and then. Therefore, in the end you will always have to make a choice, without double checking the facts because they again are set and defined by humans. Or you can always become stagnant by stopping yourself from thinking.
  56. Amit

    I think the only answer is to accept that every thing is just magic and it just happens naturally.Science just try to use this magic that already exit.Nature have given us this beautiful brain so we think so much.But we should not care about the questions which are unanswerable and live to do what make us feel good .
  57. brian Clark

    It's understandable how people can be confused by these questions. The truth of life on earth is a hard thing, there are answers that will truly be satisfying to your soul. That said, you won't find them by watching TV 4 hours a day and being caught up in what's going on with the world. God knows we have questions and wants to answer them, the question is how bad do you want to know? He will tell you but you can't explain it to others
  58. Sagar tudu

    I have answered almost all of your questions for sure. There is a saying that every answer of a question lies within, you just need to see inside. The meaning is when you get true identity of yourself then only you can find all the answers of it, you are a soul not a human body that's why you say my body not me the body. Wanna know the answer then email me.....
  59. Diganta Mondal

    Do you (the author of this blog ) still see the replies? If so , please mail me. I have possibly an answer to all of your questions. Mail me. (I am seriously saying so).
      • Ray Kamalkhani

        1.) Why are there exceptions to every rule? Each question has only one answer, and if we do not know the answer or get it wrong numerously, or keep discovering new ones at the price of rejecting the old ones, it won't change the fact about the original answer. There are two types of questions in general. Type 1) The answers have physical existence or physical attribution such as two apples plus two apples equal to 4 apples. Type 2 ) Answers lack the physical presence or attribution, such as heaven. 2.) Why do logic and reason fail to explain that which is true? Logic and reason do not fail at explaining the truth. We adapt selective logic to explain and validate what we believe. For example, first we believe in God, and only then we read why there must be a God, or first we consider there is no god and then we look for reasons as to why there is no God. It appears as if we can not stand neutral and read both sides without taking neither side; therefore, we always rely on selective logic and reasoning, and that may be why religious figures and scientists both alike keep failing. 3.) Is the universe finite or infinite? As I mentioned earlier, everything has an answer, and if we don't know the answer, it won't mean there is none, or we should accept any BS in a book or belief as the answer. 4.) Why does anything exist? We know a little of what even exists. Think of an apple worm living all its life in an apple, and the apple is the only world that the worm knows. Till one day the worm finally makes it's way to the surface of the apple and sees the world out of its little apple world, and that's when the worm says to itself; " All my life I was in a small apple thinking how big and magnificence of the world that was!" We are the apple worms thinking too highly of a little world that we know. 5.) Why does time exist? Who said it does? Time is a perception, and it is not a reality. It's a formation of repetitive events or movements that make up what we know as " time ." We have created the time as a concept to track down our events and activities, let them be in the past, current or future. If time truly existed then it would be the same time everywhere in the world. 6.) Why do humans matter? Do you know what separates humans from animals? It's " money." We need money to pay for our basic needs, such as food, shelter, and mate while animals don't. Again what makes you think that humans matter? We believe that we do, and perhaps animals feel the same as us, and they assume they matter! 7.) Why are humans so fallible? This is a very broad question and has many answers, but in short, a few are as follow: 1) We adapt each other's way of life, behavior, culture and even face impressions, these are known as patterns or forms, and the rise of media has accelerated this adaptation of patterns like never before. 2) selective logic 3) getting used to feeling of guilt 3) thirst of power 4) fanatism 5) competition 6) world of mind vs. the real world , ETC. 8.) Do human accomplishments have long-term meaning? Not all human achievements are acknowledged at their time of discovery. Many works that are seen as significant accomplishments today were sadly seen as an act of idiocy not long ago. So there may be a lot out there that we see as unworthy today, but our children will find them worthy accomplishments tomorrow. 9.) Why is the future unknowable? I believe the precise details of future events may be unknowable, but future events, in general, tend to take place in the same manner as previous incidents in the past and they typically follow an exact pattern that has shaped the past and current forms of events. 10.) What is the purpose of death? The problem is not death; the problem is us, we believe that death is not the end for us? We believe or have adapted the thoughts that we are to have a different destiny than any other being after expiration. So I wonder where you would think your laptop goes after it breaks down and dies? How about your neighbor's dog? Do they just expire and that's all about it?? Or what? We all end up in some yard, junkyard, graveyard, scrap yard ...
  60. saeed Muhammed lawan

    Nothing in this world will be unanswerable , every questions has an answer, I'm preparing to start my project and may be one of this puzzles questions will be my topic. please if you have such unanswerable questions email me I want to start working on your questions.
  61. <a href='http://ClaytonBeal.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Mark Clayton Beal</a>

    1) Because every possibility exists, we are the exception to this rule. Without exceptions we could not exist. 2) Truth is relative 3) The speed of light is the electromagnetic frequency, we are electric. 4) We exist for the purpose of individual thought. 5) Because gravity is expanding faster than light, wherefore electromagnetic waves become particles that possess a relative position between them. 6) We are the children of the infinite plane of possibility. 7) Relative to what? 8) This is also a relative question. 9) We will follow the path of least resistance. 10) Death makes life important.
  62. Karter Kennedy

    I appreciate you taking the time to make this site. I think you're spot on in your assessment, saying there are as of now answers to your questions, is like sayin scientology is a religion.
  63. Zafkun

    All the unanswerable question is a simple question to answer. Let's think and beliefs thats the best combination to answer all question above. No impossible in this world. But All of you think without know well of yourself. Think about it. You will discover the answer without you noticed.
  64. Tobias

    I think they are 10 very hard and interesting questions. I will try to give some answers. 1) I don't fully agree with this. It is a loaded question in my way. Our scientific theories are not fully complete and for that reason they have exceptions. Formal sciences are based on definitions and thus they will not really have exceptions to them. Rather they may be limited and mathematical theorems may not always hold and can be proven wrong. Good approximations certainly work well enough and our brains have evolved to do well enough. 2) I don't really think reason and logic fails. We understand a lot of things using tools of logic and reason. Although our minds are far from perfect. Understanding the really big questions may be beyond our capacity to fully understand. 3) Our subjective understanding of the universe is finite. What lies beyond our understanding is impossible to tell. There need not to be any ultimate limits to anything. 4) Our concept of nothing is based on there being something. Thus in order for nothing to exist there need to be something. We could only be something as nothing can't ask any question. For that reason something need to exist and we are part of that something. 5) It may be related a bit to the above question. In order for us to understand something as static there need to be change. A fully static universe may be the equivalent to nothing. 6) Again a very loaded question. I don't think humans matter more than anything else intrinsically. Human bias comes from natural selection and evolution though. Favoring your own species and in particular yourself survive far better than not doing that. 7) We are a species among many with both flaws and strengths. Most lifeforms does fail at surviving although we are the creation of the winners who did reproduce and so there genes did survive. Thus our understanding of history will be written from the winners perspective. Adapting to a changing enviroment is not easy and most organisms will be fallible. 8 ) What we does effect the world after us. Just like every other event in the universe. I personally think the universe is deterministic so what we do will effect the future. Although it will not matter more or less than anything else that have happen really. 9) It is not. Although we as humans can never have complete information. The universe is in my view deterministic, but have many parts that exhibits chaotic traits . A small scale change of conditions will lead to strong divergence in the future. Since we can't measure things exactly we can never fully know what will happen in the future. Although we can certainly make good approximations and models that will likely be true. 10) Death is needed so you can have life. You can't have one without the other. Also you can't have evolution without death. If the universe change something need to go away in order for something new to form. Fundamentally the energy and matter don't go away, but it changes form. We fear death due to natural selection. It is a very useful adaptation. I like to add a few other questions here as well. Feel free to try to give reasons and answers to them as well. 1) Is the universe fully deterministic or does it appear like that from pure randomness? I would think that it is deterministic, but like with finite or infinite universe it can be very hard to tell. 2) Must a universe be able to explain itself in order to exist? If it is deterministic then yes in my view. If not then I guess anything goes. 3) Do many different parallel universes exist with no relationships at all to the others or is everything part of one universe? Impossible to answer since we could not figure them out. Most things we think are parallel universes may still be connected to our one in some sense. These may include even concepts beyond what our universe can make up. 4) Do other lifeforms (can be both more simple and complex) understand the universe better than us? I think some of them may do. We have a very strong bias to think we know best, but maybe even simple things like bacteria can understand things better at some level than us. Knowledge can sometimes blind you.
  65. <a href='http://31%20tuckfield%20way' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Campbell Cooper</a>

    Ive read everyones comments very interesting. My mind is ticking an im thinking what if science was all wrong about all these theroies, if science was to just work out scientificly on what they good at... stick to doing so. But finding answers through another religion or based on what was true without mankind having to throw in an vanish the actual of what happened in the world. I believe if that didnt happen, we would know what had happened then we wouldnt be so confused. Mixing religion an science an philosophy an all that in the sequence just wont work. Religion is based on faith, science is based on what they see now! An how it works. I mean science wont find the answers unless they find someone most faithful that would know religion from back to front. You will get answers if science took the time to listen n not argue. Because religious people spend as much time as scientists would work regularly.
  66. <a href='http://Everlena%20Hemingway' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Everlena Hemingway</a>

    It is all about Existence. The fact that man does exist. Everything else after existence is made up as he lives the life of existing: Time is not real, and does not change, has never changed, the sun and moon simply do their thing, going around and around, man calls it night and day to suit himself. Who is in charge? Nature is in charge, that is why we live and die. When nature is done with us, it rids itself of us and begins anew or all over again. All that exists is either nature made, of the energy or stuff of life or human made. Nature made all that is, Humans asks questions about what nature has made, asking does not bring answers, man must make up acceptable answers, that is why there are exceptions to every rule. What matters is that we live, work to eat and stay out of the rain, heat and cold. A bit of laughter, pleasure and fun serves as a diversion. What man has not accomplished in life, is the ability to get alone with all man kind, accept human diversity, stop wars and exploitation and share with the whole human family. So glad to be able to confer about what we hold to be evident.
  67. Mollie

    I find it quite hilarious that people actually think they have factual answers to these questions. The truth is that no one actually knows with %100 certainty why we exist period. Yes, you can have %100 faith in whatever you believe to be true but that is the definition of faith. The fascinating thing about the universe and its existence is literally because it is and always will be the unknown. Regardless of religion, science or any other speculation of the ultimate question, the fact is ,is that that's all it will ever be is speculation. No matter how intelligent one thinks they are they cannot righteously ever explain the very first moment of moments.
  68. <a href='http://massivetestosterone.net/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Massive Testo And Muscle2</a>

    I tend not to leave a ton of comments, however after looking at through a few of the remarks on this page 10 Unanswerable Questions That Neither Science Nor Religion Can Answer | Science And Religion | Unanswerable Questions - Futurist Speaker. I do have 2 questions for you if it's okay. Could it be just me or does it look as if like some of these remarks look as if they are coming from brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at other sites, I'd like to keep up with anything new you have to post. Could you make a list of the complete urls of your public sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?
  69. Madhav Karnani

    My answer to the all questions (except question 1) in the given link : https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-eRy7wm52Pybk8yTENZaVdMcFk/view?usp=drivesdk Copy and paste in your browser or google drive.
  70. <a href='http://www.byrnesconsulting.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Mike Byrnes</a>

    Two great questions... 1. "How much is infinity plus one?" 2. "What existed before... God?" Isn't the definition of "infinity" that it goes on forever? If so, there is no such thing as infinity times infinity, because the answer to that math equation is infinity. And if we believe in the true definition of infinity and God is “infinite,” there is no before or after. God is the past, present and future and is not limited or defined by time. Just the two cents of a person that is not worthy to be involved in this discussion – Mike Byrnes, President of Byrnes Consulting, LLC, www.byrnesconsulting.com
  71. <a href='http://www.lifeinvedas.com/' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Dr. Mamta Rajshree</a>

    In fact, these questions are not unanswerable. Every question has an answer. But the problem is that being a human you want to know the answer what can be answered only by a spirit or an enlightened being. If in case, an enlightened being answers these questions, you will not faith on that. The reason is a gap between the perspective of a human and a spirit. Physical Science is full of questions and waiting for answers, while divine science is full of answers and waiting for questions. To read more - http://www.lifeinvedas.com/science-proof-god/
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  73. Shreya

    Some of These questions are answerable . Anybody can ask these questions to me after 40 years . There were questions in past and we are able to answer them today. So these answers will be given in future. It's fact that everything changes with the changes whether in time or physically
  74. fx.lett

    I'd rather think of the Universe as endless and ... endless : no borders, nothing started (the Big Bang is A big bang among others that happened in a tiny part of the infinite Universe) and nothing will end because electrons are immortal. Time is a whole thing too, no past, no future, no present neither, Time and Universe are the same whole thing. We have no purpose here, just doing our best in order to suffer the less, we are here by accident and we can choose to fight for more ... or not. On the cosmic scale it's not a big deal.
  75. Glenn M.

    Brilliant article! I like this game. I'm just observing the words and trying to respectfully understand the meanings as an interested person, as in fact I think you are doing too. This reminds me of the story about the Russian doll in a doll in a doll etc. But in fact this story is a bit more complicated and about bags of words in related bags of words. But no matter how much I try to observe or play the game, I still can't reach the outer bag of words, because I also keep seeing myself as (or my knowledge is) part of that same game.
  76. Dorothy W Parker

    I find it ironic that we have inhabited this planet for billions of years and we still have unanswered questions. However, I offer this one answer to all your inquiries. We are all life experiencing itself as each of us. Like a fish in water life has no concept of itself outside of its own existence. However, it created many forms for itself to inhabit and uses that to view itself, which is when the complexes arise. The form becomes life and makes the assumption that it is separate. The form than has to realize it is only a form and nothing more. Life breeds life into and animates all forms. There are levels and grades of forms. It may seem simple and non-mathematical but it answers every question we can ever have.
  77. Jon

    I adamantly Disagree with the premise related that these are UN-answerable questions: for instance: Why does time exist?, Asked AND answered, by the Astute A. Einstein, because otherwise everything would happen all at once. Why is the future unknowable? Because a.) there is time, and b.) It is knowable, we just cannot yet comprehend the math to do so. What is the purpose of death? To add purpose to Finite life, also, to make room DUH! Why do humans matter? This is based on the WILD assumption that we DO matter!
  78. Bijoyees

    By the way, you have not proved mathematically that these questions don't have any answers. Then how do you expect others to prove mathematically that there are answers to your questions? How do you justify your requirement?

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