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I know why life exists

#1  Postby Cosmobrain » Jul 05, 2014 6:26 pm

I want someone to debunk this logic: Life (conscious life, actually) exists because it has to, for the simple reason that if there was no conscious being, there would be no one to say that life does not exist.

The same can be applied to the Universe. "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Because it is obligatory for something to exist, because if nothing existed, there would be no one aware that could say that the universe did not exist. (I just want to make clear that it is possible for the universe to exist without life. The thing is that if there is life, you first need an universe).

I personally think this is irrefutable.

(oh, last note: I am NOT trying to explain what makes consciousness possible. I could tell you it is because of chemical reactions in the brain etc. The point of this topic is to say that, one way or the other, consciousness has to exist. Debunk me)
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Re: I know why life exists

#2  Postby Steve » Jul 05, 2014 6:29 pm

The answer to why is because. Irrefutable.
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Re: I know why life exists

#3  Postby Cosmobrain » Jul 05, 2014 6:32 pm

Steve wrote:The answer to why is because. Irrefutable.

You're being ironic, so ok. refute me.
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Re: I know why life exists

#4  Postby The_Metatron » Jul 05, 2014 6:36 pm

Cows exist for the sole reason that people eat steak.
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Re: I know why life exists

#5  Postby Pebble » Jul 05, 2014 6:41 pm

Cosmobrain wrote:I want someone to debunk this logic: Life (conscious life, actually) exists because it has to, for the simple reason that if there was no conscious being, there would be no one to say that life does not exist.

The same can be applied to the Universe. "Why is there something rather than nothing?" Because it is obligatory for something to exist, because if nothing existed, there would be no one aware that could say that the universe did not exist. (I just want to make clear that it is possible for the universe to exist without life. The thing is that if there is life, you first need an universe).

I personally think this is irrefutable.

(oh, last note: I am NOT trying to explain what makes consciousness possible. I could tell you it is because of chemical reactions in the brain etc. The point of this topic is to say that, one way or the other, consciousness has to exist. Debunk me)


Basically the answer given misses the point of the question asked. Certainly if consciousness did not exist no one would be asking the question - but that does not mean that questions such as how and why consciousness arose is answered by simply observing that its existence is a brute fact.
Your approach is bit like observing that things always fall downward and concluding that things fall down because we can see that they fall down rather than investigating gravity and the nature of gravity.
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Re: I know why life exists

#6  Postby Steve » Jul 05, 2014 6:43 pm

Cosmobrain wrote:
Steve wrote:The answer to why is because. Irrefutable.

You're being ironic, so ok. refute me.

Why is an endless question. I just thought I would cut to the chase.
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Re: I know why life exists

#7  Postby Shrunk » Jul 05, 2014 6:51 pm

Cosmobrain wrote:I want someone to debunk this logic: Life (conscious life, actually) exists because it has to, for the simple reason that if there was no conscious being, there would be no one to say that life does not exist.


That's not logic.
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Re: I know why life exists

#8  Postby Fenrir » Jul 05, 2014 6:55 pm

"It's all about me!!"
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Re: I know why life exists

#9  Postby theropod » Jul 05, 2014 6:59 pm

Why not?

Why why why...

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Re: I know why life exists

#10  Postby Cosmobrain » Jul 05, 2014 7:18 pm

wait wait wait everything went wrong. someone lock this pls. my bad.
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#11  Postby Fallible » Jul 05, 2014 7:25 pm

:lol: Doesn't work like that.
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Re: I know why life exists

#12  Postby kennyc » Jul 05, 2014 7:25 pm

The_Metatron wrote:Cows exist for the sole reason that people eat steak.


don't you mean the 'soul' reason? :D
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#13  Postby kennyc » Jul 05, 2014 7:27 pm

Fenrir wrote:"It's all about me!!"



No, no, it's about ME!

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#14  Postby kennyc » Jul 05, 2014 7:27 pm

Fallible wrote::lol: Doesn't work like that.


The internet has a damn long memory too.....
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Re: I know why life exists

#15  Postby kennyc » Jul 05, 2014 7:31 pm

Wait, let's start over....

Welcome to Ratskep cosmobrain. Is cosmo short for cosmopolitian as in the magazine, or for cosmos as in everything that exists like stars planets, life on other planets, ice, popcorn and bagels? Also amoeba and blue-green algae?


Cosmobrain wrote:I want someone to debunk this logic: Life (conscious life, actually) exists because it has to, for the simple reason that if there was no conscious being, there would be no one to say that life does not exist.
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You've set up a circular reasoning that really doesn't follow one from the other without other assumptions. What would be wrong with a lifeless cosmos? Now there's a question....

Could it be that life is a natural result of the elements and processes of the cosmos? Hmmmm....
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Re: I know why life exists

#16  Postby Varangian » Jul 05, 2014 7:59 pm

Life is just an aspect of existence. It is the universe's way of experiencing itself.
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Re: I know why life exists

#17  Postby campermon » Jul 05, 2014 10:14 pm

The_Metatron wrote:Cows exist for the sole reason that people eat steak.


:nod:

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Re: I know why life exists

#18  Postby minininja » Jul 05, 2014 10:16 pm

Seems to be a sort of inverted anthropic principle, but I'm not sure it's meant to be inverted.
[Disclaimer - if this is comes across like I think I know what I'm talking about, I want to make it clear that I don't. I'm just trying to get my thoughts down]
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Re: I know why life exists

#19  Postby pelfdaddy » Jul 05, 2014 10:29 pm

Of course, the OP admits that universes without life are possible, so he knowlingly "debunks" his own logic. The thrust of the OP can only be directed elsewhere, thusly...

Cosmobrain is simply enforcing the point--well worth enforcing--that any hypothetical universe that is without consciousness will go unnoticed, while any hypothetical universe in which consciousness arose would find that same consciousness "amazed" to live in a universe where "life is even possible".

So...if we take a poll of all universes by sending out a signal asking, "Does your universe permit life?" we will only get YES answers. It begins to look, therefore, as though all universes permit life.

Which of course they probably don't. It is simply an interesting response to fine-tuning arguments that Cosmobrain is advancing.
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Re: I know why life exists

#20  Postby Weaver » Jul 05, 2014 10:30 pm

I know why potatoes exist - because without them, there would be no potatoes.

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