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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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… is dark. Dark matter is, for the most part, matter that doesn’t show itself in any way except through gravitation. Dark energy, we think, explains why the universe keeps getting bigger faster. Beyond these facts, there’s not a lot we know about these two things. Which together constitute just about everything. (That “etc.” in the chart includes everything we can possibly see, including ourselves.) [image from Wikipedia]



  1. Sandi says:

    The image could be misleading, I understand that “dark” matter is really transluscent rather than dark or black. In addition to direct gravitational effects, there are concentrations of dark matter (MACHOS, I think they’re called?) that serve as lenses which magnify objects observed passing behind them. I don’t know much more about this but this relatively new perspective of “normal” matter being a minor impurity in the universe is humbling and, in my opinion, demands the questions,
    “How significant or insignificant are our physical senses in ultimately perceiving and understanding the universe and more importantly, is objective experimentation, alone, enough to get us there?” I don’t know the answer to this but I wonder…


  2. blood_and_ashes says:

    But how do we know that’s just translucent matter and not dark? Maybe in fact its a giant liquid instead of the Matter, maybe the liquid is gravitone, maybe the monads are arranged in such a way that it appears translucent and is actually white matter used to absorb dark matter so that the antimatter monads maintain a better reflective view of the universe.

    What I’m saying is…I tap out.


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