Life is Eternal: How Something Can Come from Nothing

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In summary, life comes from something, even when the universe dies. Although one might feel like they lose everything when they die, they actually gain something new in return.
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I can't remember how many times I've heard people say that after you die there's nada, nothing. Well, how about this logic.

There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang). Perhaps before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing. And yet now your reading this and your alive...

That clearly demonstrates that something can come from nothing. Even after your bones are dust, even after the universe dies, life can come into existence again from nothing. I think the mere fact that you are conscious now proves that life is eternal. Remeber that what comes after death is what came before death.
 
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aeroboyo said:
There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang). Perhaps before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing. And yet now your reading this and your alive...

That clearly demonstrates that something can come from nothing. Even after your bones are dust, even after the universe dies, life can come into existence again from nothing.

Don't use the indirect assumption that "life came out of nothing." There isn't really a way for it come out of "nothing." According to evolution, life came about when gravity, electromagnetic force, and other forces clumped particles together. Then, plasma hit it and it 'somehow' created the propoerty we call life. So, life didn't come out of nothing, it came from something. A better question is "how did a living entity come from a nonliving entity?"

When one dies, their particles could come and reform to become part of life again (by atoms). But does this mean that 'you' actually are 'born again'? No, it simply means your particles are being recycled into something else.

aeroboyo said:
I think the mere fact that you are conscious now proves that life is eternal. Remeber that what comes after death is what came before death.

I don't see how consciousness proves life is eternal. When something dies, its particles can be recycled into another living organism or it could become permenant inorganic substance. But something like birth does not happen when particles are recycled. If an atom of one of your cell's phosopholipid bilayer somehow became part of another organism, than that doesn't mean that the atom's previous owner has come alive again.
 
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aeroboyo said:
Remeber that what comes after death is what came before death.
Also sounds like you're presuming that the arrow of time in the form of entropy has no preferred direction.

i.e. Since broken glass and spilled milk on the floor was once a full glass of milk on the counter, it stands to reason that it can be a full glass of milk again in the future.
 
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I like to think of it this way. I didn't exist before and it didn't bother me. I exist now and it doesn't bother. Therefore death and not existing again isn't too bad. How can you prove that you only get one life anyways? I do not believe in God, however I believe this. Once we die, we recycle back into the earth. We are decomposed and our death brings new life. Are we in a way that life? I doubt it and I'm not sure but here's the thing:

If there is ever another life, it would begin instantly after your death, even if it takes billions of years. Without the mind, we have no concept of time or anything else, therefore during the "void" of our death, it passes by quicker than a blink. One day our sun will explode then EVENTUALLY become a nebula. Then once again, another star and planets will reform and take shape again. Is it possible that "we" will exist again? I think yes and no. I think yes, it is possible to become conscious once again, however you will not be the same person as before. There will be no spiritual connection or anything like that...

Anyways that's my opinion.
 
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aeroboyo said:
I can't remember how many times I've heard people say that after you die there's nada, nothing. Well, how about this logic.

There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang). Perhaps before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing. And yet now your reading this and your alive...

That clearly demonstrates that something can come from nothing. Even after your bones are dust, even after the universe dies, life can come into existence again from nothing. I think the mere fact that you are conscious now proves that life is eternal. Remeber that what comes after death is what came before death.

Life consists of the same energy that all things consist of in the universe. Therefore, exactly like energy (because life = energy), life can neither be created nor destroyed. We are incapable, at this time, of realizing this fact and so, as far as we can perceive, we die, get born and make wars and books about things we think are important. Such is life.
 
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i agree to the fact that you can't create something from nothing
that doesn't make sense both physically as well as spiritually.
but what id like to know is that what is the direction of time
if anyone can explain me that then maybe i have cooked up a theory to explain some stuff
 
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The direction of time is always forward and never backward because you never have a reaction before the action. ie; you always get the reaction after the action hence the direction is forward.

Quote from aeroboyo : " before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing. And yet now your reading this and your alive...
That clearly demonstrates that something can come from nothing. "

I don't really get how you come up with that, You are not born out of nothing, you were a set up molecoules before you were born (about 9 months before) and a set of atoms even before that. Yet its not correct to talk about the past before that 9 months as being you... but anyway.
I guess you are having a confusion because of conciousness... Yes you were not conscious before you were born & those set of molecoules are just going to have a very little conciousness relative to you writing this thread.
 
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navneet1990 said:
i agree to the fact that you can't create something from nothing
that doesn't make sense both physically as well as spiritually.

Well that depends on your spirituality, Taoists would argue otherwise.

"Tao begets one; One begets two; Two begets three; Three begets the myriad creatures."
 
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navneet1990 said:
i agree to the fact that you can't create something from nothing
Uh, well unless you consider virtual particles.
 
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Can you prove they exist?
 
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l_w_88 said:
Can you prove they exist?
If you're looking for "proof" of anything, then physics isn't your field.
 
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Some analysis on your logic

aeroboyo said:
How about this logic...

Your title suggests that you want someone to analyse your logic. I have taken the time to break down your reasoning and comment on it, but let me know if you didn't really want this.

aeroboyo said:
There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang)...

There are different models of the universe in physics. Some have the universe as a cycle of big bangs and big crunches, where you don't need a beginning. Some models have a beginning of the universe where a "time before the beginning" isn't meaningful because time was created as a part of the big bang. Although I have heard some strong opinions in the past from physicists, I have never really understood why there couldn't have been a time before the big bang. There is probably an open debate here so you could be right.

aeroboyo said:
Perhaps before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing.

I think this is sound enough :smile:

aeroboyo said:
And yet now your reading this and your alive...

Yup :smile:

aeroboyo said:
That clearly demonstrates that something can come from nothing.

Ah, I'm not sure it does. Everything may have come from nothing. It may have come from a previous big crunch. Everything may have come from a different sort of something. We don't know, although I think a lot of atheists would agree that everything came from nothing at this point.

aeroboyo said:
Even after your bones are dust, even after the universe dies, life can come into existence again from nothing.

Maybe, who knows? Some physicists believe the universe will end in a big freeze or a big rip. This could mean there isn't really going to be anywhere for life to pop up again.

aeroboyo said:
I think the mere fact that you are conscious now proves that life is eternal.

I disagree, our consciousness isn't a watertight proof that life is eternal. A lot of conscious people seem to think that life is temporary. We could take it as a piece of evidence but not a proof :rolleyes:

aeroboyo said:
Remeber that what comes after death is what came before death.

Maybe. I can't really tell easily. The only way to find out is to actually die and I don't fancy that right now :wink:
 
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aeroboyo said:
There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang).

That statement is empty, if you cling on to the idea that space,time and matter so to say "began" at the big bang, there was no time "before" the big bang.

(wether or not your description of the big bang is right or wrong, is a different discussion).
 
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Nexus555 said:
I like to think of it this way. I didn't exist before and it didn't bother me. I exist now and it doesn't bother. Therefore death and not existing again isn't too bad.

I agree, the problem is more with a mix of "existing again" and some bad luck.
 
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you would like Nietzsche eternal return parable. but then again, he did not even believed in atoms.
 
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If you write a latter, and then burns it. Whats left from it, and the energy it created is the same information but in an other encryption. Theoreticaly you can take what's left from this latter, the energy and decrypt it and see that information.

"When we die" This "WE" meant to be "ME", what's that "ME"?
Its our consciousness, the spirit or the way you want to call it. If you duplicate it, and make a computer with the ability to think the way you did, to have the same consciousness as you did, this computer will be you, ressurected. It will be your "ME"... There are infinite probabilities and chances that sometime, somewhere there will be a creature with the same consciousness as you did, maybe it will take billions of billions of billions of years but still there are infinite chances, therefore it will happen sooner or later.
 
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regent said:
Don't use the indirect assumption that "life came out of nothing." There isn't really a way for it come out of "nothing." According to evolution, life came about when gravity, electromagnetic force, and other forces clumped particles together. Then, plasma hit it and it 'somehow' created the propoerty we call life. So, life didn't come out of nothing, it came from something. A better question is "how did a living entity come from a nonliving entity?"

So where the "something" cames from? Before it in order to form a life

regent said:
When one dies, their particles could come and reform to become part of life again (by atoms). But does this mean that 'you' actually are 'born again'? No, it simply means your particles are being recycled into something else.

I don't see how consciousness proves life is eternal. When something dies, its particles can be recycled into another living organism or it could become permenant inorganic substance. But something like birth does not happen when particles are recycled. If an atom of one of your cell's phosopholipid bilayer somehow became part of another organism, than that doesn't mean that the atom's previous owner has come alive again.

Well, I'm not disagree with the statement above.
 
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To a person like your self I would recommend reading the good book. I know religion isn't for everyone but you seem like the kind of guy that could be a clergy man of some sort.
 
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l_w_88 said:
Can you prove they exist?
No, you cannot prove "they" exist, you can only prove that you exist--using the logic of Descartes--the cogito:

I have convinced myself that there is absolutely nothing in the world, no sky, no earth, no minds, no bodies. Does it now follow that I too do not exist? No: if I convinced myself of something then I certainly existed. But there is a deceiver of supreme power and cunning who is deliberately and constantly deceiving me. In that case I too undoubtedly exist, if he is deceiving me; and let him deceive me as much as he can, he will never bring it about that I am nothing so long as I think that I am something. So after considering everything very thoroughly, I must finally conclude that this proposition, I am, I exist, is necessarily true whenever it is put forward by me or conceived in my mind. (Med. 2, AT 7:25) R. Descartes.
 
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avpx said:
If you write a latter, and then burns it. Whats left from it, and the energy it created is the same information but in an other encryption. Theoreticaly you can take what's left from this latter, the energy and decrypt it and see that information.

"When we die" This "WE" meant to be "ME", what's that "ME"?
Its our consciousness, the spirit or the way you want to call it. If you duplicate it, and make a computer with the ability to think the way you did, to have the same consciousness as you did, this computer will be you, ressurected. It will be your "ME"... There are infinite probabilities and chances that sometime, somewhere there will be a creature with the same consciousness as you did, maybe it will take billions of billions of billions of years but still there are infinite chances, therefore it will happen sooner or later.

Simply put:

Argument 1
Premise: we humans have a "soul", a "me" that is more than the sum of our atoms. It will go on after our death.
Logical deduction: there is a supernatural presence in the universe, and that's the source of our livingness-from-nonlivingness

Argument 2
Premise: We do not have a soul. Our "me"-ness is a product of the interactions of 10 trillion neurons.
Logical Deduction: Life came from the ever-increasing complexity of organic molecules and has no more to it than that.


Conclusion: decide whether you believe there is more to your existence than an extremely complex chemical process, and you will have your answer as to how life came from non-life.
 
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Is it reasonable to say that the universe is conscious and exists infinitely? That consciousness exists at a molecular level?
Has anyone read any David Darling? I like his logic. A few of his books are online at his website.
Either your mind creates consciousness or channels it, right? The latter seems more logical to me. Especially when you get into Quantum Physics.
But I probably don't know what I'm talking about. I'm not a college student yet and I'm just going off of books I've read. =D
 
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hey
have anyone read this book by DUGLAUS HOFSTADER
or that's how his name is
the book is titled "GEB [ godel,escher,bach] the eternal golden braid"
although i couldn't understand much of it in the first read
the way he thinks is pretty good
about how we become ME
about the I factor
 
  • #23
I find this question very mind boggling, and really fun to think about. This conscious mind I have, to my knowledge, has existed for twenty some odd Earth years. After I die, my body will decompose into simpler and simpler states of matter. The electrons that are in my body at this given moment will find their way to the far reaches of space. I will not exist as I am in this body. If I have a spirit, then the possiblilties after death of the physical form are limitless, and I will most likely be wrong, should I try and understand what existence will be like after I have passed on, for I will be given keys to doors I don't even know exist now.
But should their be no soul, I can see 'me' as easily being a collective 'us'. After all, my parents supplied the blueprint to create me but I am not only from my mother and father but of the animal I eat, the air I breath, and the heat I absorb. An electron does not stay in one place for long, or at all. So I am just many other things that change form to upkeep 'me', conscious mind. When I die, I will never exist again. The only possibility I can see of existing again would be if someone were to find and construct every single bit of information that composed me at a given moment, and only the piece of that single moment. Every electron and every quark. Maybe I wouldn't need what composed my legs, but what ever makes my conscious thought 'me' at this moment. Only then could I begin information transfer again, but I would of course not remember what happened to me after that moment in the past. Kind of rewriting my future.
Anyways, back to my idea of an 'us'. Once I have died, parts of me will surely compose new creatures who will walk Earth or some other planet. Though my conscious mind, which is a one time thing, will never interact with the universe again, everything that made it up will contribute to the development of new minds elsewhere. Since in this theory the mind and life is nothing more than beautiful chemical reactions which make matter aware of itself, then together, we are Universe. In an essence, we are God. And when we are searching desprately through this life for an omnipotent being, all we are really doing is looking for the rest of ourself. The rest of 'us'.

Another idea I like, but isn't completely origional thought, is that we are each our own universe, much different from the one we observe, that must latch onto the one we interact with to inport and export information. Once we die we may become isolated until our universe starts interacting with another.
 
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I read what the guy above me wrote right after typing that whole thing... I think I'll check the book out.
 
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aeroboyo said:
Well, how about this logic.

There was a time when the universe didn't exist (before the big bang). Perhaps before you were born you didn't exist, you were nothing. And yet now your reading this and your alive...

That clearly demonstrates...
The form of "you" not existing at one point in time then existing at another doesn't imply that "something" came from "nothing". I suggest you either formalize this a bit more or look into http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-metaphysics/" .
 
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regent said:
"how did a living entity come from a nonliving entity?"
Well, don't keep me waiting! What's the answer? :confused: :smile:
 

Related to Life is Eternal: How Something Can Come from Nothing

1. How can something come from nothing?

The concept of "something coming from nothing" is a philosophical and scientific question that has been debated for centuries. In the context of "Life is Eternal", it refers to the origin of life on Earth. While there is no definitive answer, scientists believe that the first living organisms may have emerged from a combination of non-living matter and energy in a process called abiogenesis.

2. Is life really eternal?

The idea of life being eternal refers to the concept that the energy that makes up living organisms never truly disappears, but rather transforms and continues on in some form. This is based on the law of conservation of energy, which states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. While individual organisms may die, the energy and matter that they are made of continue to exist in other forms.

3. How does the concept of life being eternal relate to reincarnation or an afterlife?

The concept of life being eternal does not necessarily have any religious or spiritual connotations. It simply refers to the scientific understanding that energy and matter are never truly destroyed, but rather transform into different forms. Whether this has any implications for reincarnation or an afterlife is a matter of personal belief and interpretation.

4. What evidence supports the idea of life being eternal?

The law of conservation of energy is a fundamental principle in physics, providing evidence that energy is never truly destroyed. In addition, the study of the life cycle of matter and energy in ecosystems and the concept of biogeochemical cycles also support the idea of life being eternal. Further evidence can be found in the study of fossils and the evolution of life on Earth, which suggests that life has been continuously evolving and transforming for billions of years.

5. How does understanding the concept of life being eternal impact our lives?

Understanding the concept of life being eternal can have a profound impact on our perspective and understanding of the world. It can help us appreciate the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of preserving and protecting the environment. It can also provide comfort and a sense of continuity in the face of our own mortality, knowing that the energy that makes up our bodies will continue on in some form after we die.

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