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What is existence?

  1. Jul 7, 2006 #1
    The recent topic is about existence.I do not want the precise deinition.But, want to know clearly, what does it mean.
     
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  3. Jul 8, 2006 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    The amazing Wikipedia again has an answer even to this question.

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  4. Jul 8, 2006 #3

    Math Is Hard

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    Like Madge, the astute manicurist, says, "You're soaking in it."

    but I think this problem should go into the Philosophy forums, not Physics.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2006 #4

    Tom Mattson

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    Yeah, Intro Physics is the place for homework questions, so I'm going to move this thread. Since it doesn't meet the Philosophy Guidelines I am going to move it to GD where you all can chit chat about existence.
     
  6. Jul 10, 2006 #5

    wolram

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    Information, micro and macro.
     
  7. Jul 11, 2006 #6
    I had a look at that wikipedia thread, my God existence is sentence structure, and discussing meaning in words, so before language we could not of existed!!!:wink: Ontology is obviously for pedants without any imagination, or am I missing something here? I must admit I couldn't read that link without losing focus on reality.:yuck:

    existence is not anything in that wikipedia article that much I do know.:biggrin:
     
  8. Jul 11, 2006 #7

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    Just substitute 'existence' for 'life' in the old saying; it's what happens while you're busy making other plans.
     
  9. Jul 11, 2006 #8
    I have been around the sun 43 times and it appears to me that existence is some sort of learning process.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2006 #9

    NoTime

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    I think you are just getting dizzy :rofl: :rofl:

    I temporarily cause a local reduction in entropy, therefore I am. :biggrin:
     
  11. Jul 12, 2006 #10

    Mech_Engineer

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    What isn't existence?





    But seriously, here's a good quote that I find a bit of a mind-trip:

    "A fish cannot comprehend the existence of water. He is too deeply immersed in it."

    -Sir Oliver Lodge

    Another good thought:
    Can a computer program ever have a conscious understanding of the computer running it?
     
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  12. Jul 13, 2006 #11
    Depends on the program, with enough sophistication you may as well ask the question: does a human being have a conception of the neural circuitry that runs it? Think HAL for example from 2000: a space odyssey, he was self aware. Not beyond the bounds of conception is it?
     
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