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  1. Anti-matter has POSITIVE mass, just that it has OPPOSITE electric charge. Negative mass matter does not exist, if it would exist, it would have weird properties (acceleration of object would be in the opposiite direction of the force, etc.) The universe is not closed in the sense that it has a boundary.
  2. The universe can be both finite and infinite. Now that looks like a ridiculous contradiction. But let me explain. Imagine a straight line, having no begin and end. Now place two points anywhere on the line, and you are free to choose it anywhere on the line. Now we can ask, does the distance between these two points, form a finite or an infinite distance. Let me first show that it is finite. Place the points on the line (anywhere you want) and start measuring the distance using some unit. Will it finish? Yes. We find a finite value. Now let us ask a second question. Can
  3. Big bang theory does not say there was an absolute beginning. The singularity only pops up when general relativity is used, but then for a full description of reality, also quantum mechanics must be taken into account, esp. near such a dense, hot and small region. Then, most likely, the singularity disappears. But as of yet we do not have a full description of quantum gravity, so this is only provisional.
  4. What makes you think so? Being, as referred to here, is just pure being, which is pretty abstract and indeterminate, and all in all not anything more as nothing. As this analyses is part of the Hegelian dialectics, I would think the answer is no, cause the idea of God in that context would be more the Absolute Idea.
  5. The idea that there is some sort of God underlying reaity, is just the point of view of Idealism, that in primary sense, reality is based on consciousness. Even if one supposedly can not directly disproof this idea, it does not mean that it has any basis in reality. If Idealism in general were true and one could not disproof it, and would accept it as a genuine basis of reasoning, how are we then to conclude that the point of view of solipsism (reality is totally contained within one's own mind) is an absurd world view? The best argument I know why in general Idealism (both subjective
  6. There is no southpole without a northpole. Every coin has two sides, and the one belongs necessary to the other. If there is no being then neither can there be absence of being.
  7. Assume you have two identical cups, filled with identical water and identical amount of water. The only difference being that the water in the second cup is hot, the other room temperature. After placing them in a refridgerator, which one of the cups of water will freeze first, the room temperature cup or the hot cup? It seems logical to say that the cup with hot water has first to cool down (although it cools down quicker because of a higher temperature gradient as the room temperature water) to room temperature, and then it would take the same amount of time for it to freeze as the r
  8. First question: what is the need for humanity to get into space? 1. Because of existential external threat (astroid impact, sun going red giant, other)? 2. Because we exhaust the planet, and need living space or resources elsewhere? 3. Because we can, we must? I would answer: 1. The existential external threat is better dealt with by a. Investigating all the astroids or comets that could have a huge impact b. Find a way of having those candidate huge rocks from space that could impact change the orbit so they don't impact or have them destroyed so that the debris will have no i
  9. But a very persistent illusion
  10. As my position is towards the AGW issue I agree with the majority of scientists that this is the case as far as science can tell, and I don't side with those who either think that the science is a complot or a fraud, since none of that has been proven, and why should climate scientists be any different in that respect as other scientists? However: I AM sceptic about the political/economical aspect, that even when AGW shows that human are the prime cause of AGW, the changes necessarily and economically show to be near unsolvable. The proof of that is the current global financial and econom
  11. I guess this was done to have a stable output of power and buffer the energy ??
  12. Assuming the cosmos in the far future is ripped apart as the expansion of space speeds up, yes, then all life will go extinct and the universe goes extinct. What comes after that we do not know.
  13. No. The concept of pure Being is indeterminate. That is the crux. We are here not concerned with the distinct properties or determination of any particular being, but with being itself in general. Note that the concept of Being is the first concept that one arrives at without introducing any other concept. They appear at a later stage of the development of the logic. The concept of determinate being is dealt with only when we have arrived at the concept of quality. You have to think of this logic as a kind of logic that bootstraps itself, it is developed from literally nothing at all at t
  14. Apart from all sort of technical challenges that must be face, I think it is not possible (yet) to put people on Mars and have them live there indefinately, provided that we can not spend indefinate amount of money to sustain them. The goal of the project is of course to reach a reasoable amount of self-sustainance (create own water, oxygen as first pre-reuisities, and also some food stuff and new living space). Let me try to argue this as follows. The initial conditions are that everything that the people on Mars need (food, water, shelter, etc.) is provided by earth. The amount necessar
  15. You are right of course, but that holds true for logical stuff. As we can also proof a square circle does not exist (assuming normal metrics/geomotry). You can not proof for instance that there isn't a pink teapot flying round in the universe, or that unicorns don't exist and stuff like that.
  16. What else exist? Beer, ice-cream, hot tea, love, hunger, passion, war, intelect, blindness, happiness, sorrow, pi (3.14..), etc. etc.
  17. If there ain't something then neither there is absence of something (nothing), if there ain't light neither there is absence of light (darkness).
  18. See this video and how wave power is generating electricity at costs well below that of nuclear power!
  19. Have a look at this video, showing bridge designs which generate electric power from wind, tidal & ocean currents, and partly the bridge is floating.
  20. What I was trying to explain, suppose we have some determinate something, a chair with some determinate properties, and suppose that something came to be at t = 0 and ceased to be at t = 1. Then we could say that that determinate something did not exist before t = 0 and does not exist after t = 1. But in that case we can also say that a determinate nothing (with the same properties as assumed before) was existent, or rather we could say, the determinate being did not exist. For the determinate being or determinate nothing, the same properties are assumed, so they are exactly the same, only
  21. I think not, what you propose to say that reality could equally be based either on god or on matter itself, but then matter would have all attributes of god. In some aspects you are right, namely for instance, matter does develop itself (we observe that to be the case). But we can't attribute (self)consciousness to matter (all of reality), as reality itself can not have observer status or be observed, for that to be the case, reality would have to meet a reality outside and different from itself, but we already included all of reality in. To be consciouss (of oneself) you need to be able to
  22. I don't see your point, and perhaps it should be clearified that as Hegel makes this remarks about Being (as the first concept one can think of that is not itself based on some other concept), which is indeterminate or pure Being (which is to say, it is not a definite something, but rather that what all being has in common) which is opposed to Nothing. But then, these two concepts are still not something, because they have a lack of determination. So, both Being and Nothing are the same, that is the same lack of determination. As Hegel explains, both concepts have to be taken in their unity,
  23. In the abstract sense, being (or: pure being) is not a determination, and hence is not more or less then nothing. That is correct of course, the wood before a chair was made out of it didn't have the qualities to call it a chair (although it has some, like the hardness and compactness of the material). But what matters is that the change that is occuring is that the non-being of the chair is formed by the changes performed on the material. So, this is to illustrate that nothing turns into something, if we understand here that something = the determinate being of a chair and nothi
  24. Engels on materialism, the infinite and cosmology Engels’ materialism With each epoch-making discovery even in the sphere of natural science [materialism] has to change its form… (Engels, Ludwig Feuerbach and the Outcome of Classical German Philosophy, Selected Works, p597) Since Einstein, quantum mechanics, and the Big Bang theory, materialism has to change its form. This means dialectical materialism too. We must remove old dogmas and begin again, starting from the recognition that the method of dialectical materialism at base is simply materialism represented dialectically.
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