In the name of Philosophy...
I have a philosophy final in two days so I figured I'd throw out for discussion, the two biggest philosophical issues that I have trouble with. These aren't anything new, in fact they're probably a couple of the most common after "The meaning of life" and "The existance of God". However, I care little about the meaning of life and we all have our stance on God.
The first issue: Time
How could it be possible that
or the opposite
2)time did not begin and has been going on forever.
Neither seem possible, but doesn't one have to be true? How can there be a starting point in time and how can there not be a staring point?
And the second: Space
Similar to the issue of time, space has its own two logical states:
1)space is finite, there are borders(not the bookstore) to the universe.
2)space is infinite, if you could fly far enough, you could go on forever.
Again, how could either of these be true? If space is finite, then it must be in some shape (most likely round as it seems thats how things in the universe tend to go) but then what is outside of that shape? And the idea of an infinite space seems problematic as well. How can you keep going farther and farther, Doesn't it have to end?
A friend of mine tried to argue that the universe is like the game asteroids. If you fly off the edge of the universe, you end up back on the opposite side. This arguement still gives shape and borders to the universe... so what is outside this shape!!??!
These have both fucked with my head everytime I think about it for years now. But does any of this really matter? No.
So, discuss if you like, and consider this to be my formal "Hello" to the forum. I plan on posting here and submitting my writing into the workshop as soon as I get moving on it. I still have alot of technical stuff to work on, although I've never been a big fan of that shit. WINK