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I had this philosophical conversation with a friend a while back and we somehow got on to the subject of why things are the way they are.

We kept on regressing further and further back for each question. e.g Why is the sky blue? Because blue light is scattered more than light of other colours. Well why is blue light scattered more than other colours? Because it has a shorter wavelength. Why does shorter wavelength light appear blue and not green? Well, just because....

Think of any possible question and if you just keep asking "Why? Why? Why?" There comes a point where there is no actual answer other than "Just because, that's just how it is". It was the first time I had pondered on that and it felt quite creepy/surreal. Anyone else had this sensation?
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"Why bother dwelling on the unknown, when there remains an entire family bucket of KFC to eat."
- No One, Ever
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All the time. It starts to get very creepy when you start to ask yourself why you are the way you are. How much of your personality is down to your surrounding and up bringing. But theres part of your personality that isnt and you wonder why and where did it come from?
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At that point you put your bong aside and step out of the house for some fresh air... You sound like you need it mate!
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(Original post by EdmundWoodstock)
I had this philosophical conversation with a friend a while back and we somehow got on to the subject of why things are the way they are.

We kept on regressing further and further back for each question. e.g Why is the sky blue? Because blue light is scattered more than light of other colours? Well why is blue light scattered more than other colours? Because it has a shorter wavelength? Why does shorter wavelength light appear blue and not green? Well, just because....

Think of any possible question and if you just keep asking "Why? Why? Why?" There comes a point where there is no actual answer other than "Just because, that's just how it is". It was the first time I had pondered on that and it felt quite creepy/surreal. Anyone else had this sensation?
I have it all the time, but i believe some things should just remain a mystery.
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'The universe is everything that is the case'. The case is all of the facts; as the universe is based on facts, not things.

Therefore, the answer to the question of 'why' is 'because'.*

*Presumably because of the facts. I don't really know where I'm going with this.
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All the time. It starts to get very creepy when you start to ask yourself why you are the way you are. How much of your personality is down to your surrounding and up bringing. But theres part of your personality that isnt and you wonder why and where did it come from?
No, this is just silly and nonsensical

Are you drunk

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Well ultimately the root answer to everything is related

It could be 42, but it may be something else

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To solve this, use the anthropic principle (weak or strong depending on how you feel).
E.g. "Why does Earth orbit in a Goldilocks Zone?" "Because if Earth didn't orbit in a Goldilocks Zone, there would be no humans alive to ask 'Why does Earth orbit in a Goldilocks Zone?'".
First used by philosophers, then physicists - it's not a principle I'm personally fond of because I feel it doesn't answer anything..
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"When you ask a 'why' question, you have to be in a framework where you allow something(s) to be true."
-Richard Feynman

Ultimately, no belief is ever fully justified because every justification will require another. Google 'Agrippa's Trilemma'

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Why reality?

Because it just is.
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Because turtles.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turt...l_the_way_down
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Why not ~
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I genuinely think all of it is down to chance and probability. There is no reason, it just is.
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Yeah, buck stopping is a difficult philosophical problem.
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