[lit-ideas] Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

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  • Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 09:46:25 -0400 (EDT)

In a message dated 5/16/2014 9:25:18 A.M.  Eastern Daylight Time, 
torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx writes:
why there’s Something  rather than Nothing?"  

"Why is there something rather than nothing?
Well, why not? Why expect  nothing rather than something? No experiment 
could support the hypothesis ‘There  is nothing’ because any observation 
obviously implies the existence of an  observer."
----- Sorensen, Roy, "Nothingness", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
 (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = 
<http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2012/entries/nothingness/>.
 
Popperian answer:
 
Possibly: "There is something rather than nothing" is irrefutable.
 
Griceian answer:
 
"There is something" is usually conversationally incomplete: cfr. "There is 
 something (or other) in the fridge" -- implicating: "There _must_ be 
something  (or other) in the fridge, no?"
 
Cheers,
 
Speranza
 
 
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