What kind of ultimates do the sciences allow us to find?

The contemporary sciences look for causes we can construct for ourselves, and so God has no value as an explanation (in general, no free cause does.) So we either find new physical causes forever or we must analyze all things to nothing. In the first way, we look for the universe to be caused by another universe, ad infinitum; in the second way, analysis must terminate in non-being, e.g. we reduce everything to particles, and then deny the particle any (absolute) properties, composite parts, definite location, or identity. The truth of either option follows from whether physical things are finite or infinite. If infinite, we can regress backwards with events and information forever; if finite then we trace events and information back to some event that is (from the point of view of the subsequent information) purely random.

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1 Comment

  1. Crude said,

    November 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    So we either find new physical causes forever or we must analyze all things to nothing. In the first way, we look for the universe to be caused by another universe, ad infinitum;

    Though it gets into mormon/pagan-land, couldn’t a physical cause be a being with a free will? Or did you mean something other than that with ‘free cause’?


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