Re: The Meaning of Life

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 20:44:47 +1100

On 3/14/07, Kim Jones <> wrote:

A little refresher now:
> On 31/12/2006, at 8:25 AM, Tom Caylor wrote:
> > Besides the question of how meaning relates to this List, the question
> > of meaning itself can be asked at several different levels, so I'll
> > list a few:
> >
> > 1) Why does the universe exist? Why is there something rather than
> > nothing?
> > 2) Why do human beings in general exist?
> > 3) Why do I exist?
> I think we need more on question 1

Thanks for reminding us of the original questions, it's easy to get lost in
a thread this long. For me, one of the more compelling reasons for
entertaining some version of the idea that mathematical existence is all
there is to apparent physical reality is that it answers this question:
physical reality, including God (if he exists, and contra the ontological
argument), is contingent; mathematical truths are necessary. It is
conceivable that the physical world might not exist, or God not exist, or
God exist but not make the physical world, but it is not conceivable that
circles or integers or the UD not exist as mathematical objects.

Stathis Papaioannou

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