Why does the universe exist? 2
The sentence “the universe does not exist” is meaningless. However, its limited version “there are nothing” or “the universe has nothing” may be meaningful.
If the universe is finite in space, in principle, you can search all over the space to confirm that there are really nothing. So it seems that the sentence “the universe has nothing” does not violate the confirmation principle. However, there are three problems.
First, spacetime is also a “thing”, provided that the definition of the word “thing” is not limited to “object” or “matter”. Second, “spacetime” has no meaning if there are no matter and no energy. Moreover, you, as an observer, is also a “thing”.
After all, “the universe has nothing” is meaningless, in the sense that it violates the confirmation principle.
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