Re: The word 'yet' hinges existential debate

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    Nice article, Wade. Thanks for forwarding it.

    Chet Raymo asks:
    "Why is there something rather than nothing?"

    That's easy. There has to be something rather than nothing, otherwise there'd
    be no one to ask.

    "Why do the innocent suffer and the wicked prosper?"

    They don't. It only seems that way to the wicked.

    "Why, when we look into the starry sky or the face of a beloved, are we struck
    dumb with wonder?"

    Because it gives us a break from asking dumb questions.

    "Why does one man die strong, hale and happy, while another dies in
    bitterness of soul and without riches?"

    It's just a matter of timing. We all have our ups and downs. Try to exit on a
    high note.


    Stay hungry, you'll live longer.

    --J. R.

    Useless hypotheses:
     consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
    analog computing, cultural relativism

         Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
         but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
         (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

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