Why does the universe exist? 1.2

Existence, 3.2

Verification principle, 3

The sentence “the universe does not exist” has no meanings, because it violates the confirmation principle. When we say that “dogs do not exist in this room“, we can search all over this room to prove the non-existence of dogs. However, the definition of the word “universe” is “everything”. So the universe has no “outside”. The universe is not contained within a bigger system. So when we say that “the universe does not exist“, we cannot search all over some bigger environment to prove the non-existence of the universe, even in principle. 

The sentence “the universe exists” has the same problem. It also violates the confirmation principle. When we say that “a dog exists in this room“, as long as we can find a dog within the room, we prove the existence of the dog. However, the definition of the word “universe” is “everything”. So the universe has no “outside”. The universe is not contained within a bigger system. So when we say that “the universe exists“, we cannot “find” the universe, even in principle. 

Whatever we find, such as a dog, a room, a house, a city, etc., is only part of the universe. “Part of the universe exists” does not imply “the universe exists“. For example, I have part of one million dollars, such as 500 thousand dollars, doesn’t mean that I have one million dollars.

— Me@2012.10.15 

— Me@2012.10.18

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