How can we know if a tree exists when we are not looking?
Humans are sight dependent however it is no more yet no less but equal to the remaining senses. Therefore if we can see a tree but not feel it, it doesn’t seize to exist, it is still there. Applying the same logic, whether or not the tree is available to any of our senses is irrelevant to it’s existence. If it were to be otherwise, it would suggest that our minds create what’s around us which produces the destructive question of “Why are we then, incapable of creating what we desire on command?”.
An argument could be made that our subconscious mind has created the world without the knowledge or consent of the conscious, however it would be a frail attempt to preserve the idea as there would be many ways of explaining why that is impossible whether it be logical or medical. One way to explain it would be that the subconscious mind of a toddler is ought to be different than an adults. Which leads one to wonder why the world has remained the same since our childhood. There is one problem with that idea though. How can we make sure our memories are reliable? How can we know there’s a tomorrow and yesterday was real? The only thing we probably know for sure is right now. This thought process suggests a self-sabotaging view of oneself thus being less pleasant to the mind which makes this idea seemingly less probable, which (objectively) it isn’t.
What do you think? Share you thoughts with a comment, this is an entirely subjective matter!
Let’s say, for instance, you built a wooden boat and named it Lucy. Eventually you got bored and started replacing the wood with metal piece by piece over the course of a couple of weeks. Soon enough the whole boat was made of metal. So with all the wood you took out, now laying on the side, you decided to build another boat.
After it’s complete, which one is Lucy?
Strangely enough there isn’t an answer neither science nor philosophy can give us. In a manner of speaking, your guess is as good as any. Here’s where it gets interesting. (Think of the answer you gave as you read this next part).
You WERE the wooden boat seven years ago but you NO LONGER ARE. You see the body replaces your cells every seven years. So would you say YOU NOW and the YOU 7 YEARS AGO are the same human being? Maybe…maybe not.
If there’s a grand architect of the universe, then who created him?
When you ask that question you create a paradox. If somebody created God than who created him? If something did, then who created that god? You then end up with an infinite number of gods that created each other and it becomes an endless circle.
The way modern religions relieve themselves of this is to propose an omnipotent god. That also is a paradox in itself. The omnipotence paradox aka the stone paradox goes like this:
“Could an omnipotent being create a stone so heavy that even that being could not lift it?”
If the being could create such a stone than it would no longer be omnipotent since being unable to lift the stone. If not, then it seems the being was not omnipotent after all.