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Date: 08/22/13 07:27 PM

45 Responses to 20 Unanswered `Existential` Questions [Pic]

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    August 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Link: 20 Unanswered `Existential` Questions - Yeah, Uh If anyone can answer some of these, I would appreciate it.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    August 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    "How do the seashells work in Demolition Man?"

    THAT is a good one. Those things would make such a damn handy bathroom appliance.

    But, it`s time for a LONG moratorium on socks-getting-lost-in-dryers jokes.

    These questions reminded me of the back cover of Jefferson Airplane`s VOLUNTEERS album. They asked each band member to name their favorite stripe on the flag. Jorma Kaukonen replied:

    "Let me answer that question by posing another -- Why don`t the Pentacles keep their evil spirits away?"

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    turdburglar Male 30-39
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    August 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    How magnets work is already known.

    And space is not infinitely divisible. The shortest possible length is a Planck length.

    There is also a Planck time, which is the amount of time it takes light to travel a Planck length. (Extremely, unimaginably small)
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    August 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    OK, feeling an urge to tap at the keyboard, I`ll try my paw at the telephone/calculator keypads.

    The telephone keypad was designed for pay phones, the first phones most people experienced. If you`re standing in a phone booth, you`re going to be looking down at the keypad, which was at chest height for most people. The numbers are arranged to go higher (1, 2, 3, 4, 5...) as their positions on the keypad move away from your eyes--that is, as they are located lower and lower on the keypad grid.

    For the calculator, the same design decision applies: Make the numbers go higher as their position on the keypad moves away from you. Only in this instance, since the calculator is on a desk or being held in your hand, the *bottom* keys are closest to you. Therefore, the lowest digits appear on the bottom and work their way up.

    Hope that helps! =^.^=
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    HolyGod Male 30-39
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    August 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    I would imagine the calculator numbers are like that because that is how they were on computer number pads and counting machines. I would imagine that they are that way on those machines because you use the lower numbers more often then the higher numbers so they are closer to your resting position.
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    razbitom Male 40-49
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    August 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    i wish i could blame that for wasting my time, but i`m the one who kept reading.
    what kind of lunkhead thinks these are deep existential questions?
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    handyman0205 Male 60-69
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    August 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    Hot dogs come in packages of 8... so do rolls... I have no idea when hot dogs came 10 to a pack but it must have been one hell of a long time peeve in case nobody noticed.
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    bacon_pie Male 30-39
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    August 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    August 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm
    Sqrlz, THANK YOU!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33110 posts
    August 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm
    @turdy: NO! We mere humans DO NOT KNOW HOW magnets work! All we can do is observe AS they work!! The how (or why) eludes us!

    @Squrlz4: Nice! ~slowclap~

    @HolyGod: By GOLLY! You are correct!

    I`m fairly sure this machine pre-dates the telephone...
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    August 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    Some of these are just plain stupid and not Existential at all:

    *What`s in the safe?
    Which safe? Depends on where it`s at.
    A Bank, then money and deposit boxes
    A research facility, then designs and classified documents.
    And so on. Nothing existential about it at all.

    *At what point does death occur?
    When you die, duh! If you are trying to shave it down to which second of brain inactivity is the actual point of death, go shoot yourself and find out first hand.

    *If you pamper a cow do you get spoiled milk?
    *Where are the sour patch parents?
    *Where do all the lonely socks go?
    Why are these even included in a serious discussion?
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    Sleepyhallow Male 50-59
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    August 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm
    The ones we can answer and therefore are NOT Existential:

    *Are we alone in the universe?
    Of course not, it`s a statistical impossibility.
    Will we ever meet an alien intelligence is a better question.

    *Is space infinitely divisible or is there a limit?
    There is a limit. It is called the Planck Unit and it is 1.61619926 x 10-35 meters.

    *What happens after death?
    The exact same thing that happens before your conception and birth. What? You don`t remember!

    *Magnets, how do they work?
    Via the fundamental universal force of electromagnetism. Duh?
    Might as well also ask how do atoms hold together, how do radioactive particle decay, and why does mass assert gravitational attraction.
    These are not "existential" questions, but physics questions that will eventually be answered.
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    Maximo18 Male 18-29
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    August 22, 2013 at 10:53 pm
    No we are not alone in the universe.

    Time didn`t exist before the big bang so there was no before the big bang.

    and my guess is that your "afterlife" will be exactly the same as your "beforelife", nothing

    Google probably knows when we developed consciousness.

    No, this is not real life -- simulated reality.

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    Viking864 Male 40-49
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    August 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm
    IIRC the numbers on the phone are different from the calculator to slow the users down. People who use 10-Keys a lot are pretty fast but the early push button phones could not process the information that quickly.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    August 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm
    Sleepyhallow, why did this elicit such hatred from you? Even the ones that were trying to be funny created rage. They were trying to have deep questions with a few completely non-deep questions in there.

    When does death occur? - Why are you telling people to commit suicide? That`s weird.

    What`s in the safe? - Why did this bring out such anger??

    Are we alone? - We haven`t found any evidence of it, though. That`s why it`s here, it`s only anticipated. It`s not that ridiculous of a thing to ponder.

    What happens after deaths? - This is unknowable.

    Magnets? - We don`t really know as much as you think. We understand a lot of the how, but not the `why` so much.

    But of course, you have all the answers to life`s mysteries figured out.

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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    August 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    You guys are surprisingly uncurious for people who usually pretend to be in love with science, philosophy, thinking, etc.

    Like seriously, you should be asking more questions, but you guys never do. You already know all the answers, most of you.

    Why does existence exist? It doesn`t have to. And the laws of physics certainly didn`t have to behave so beautifully, as Einstein would say. So, why? Really think about it.

    Why does consciousness exist? Why does it need to exist? Or why does it coincidentally exist, if it doesn`t need to exist? Why does the "First person point of view" exist at all?

    Come on, guys. These are good questions. And many of you will just go on acting like you know all the answers. You got it all figured out.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    August 22, 2013 at 11:40 pm
    @SleepyHallow: Aww! You came SO CLOSE to sentience! How cute of you!

    Explain HOW magnets work: Please do!

    @Andrew155: Most IABers have seen this sort of thread before. I know I have! Many "questions" are there for the simple-minded, eh?

    Personally? I "can answer" most of these. (it`s true!) But that depends on your definition of "answer"...
    ... and "can"...

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    drawman61 Male 50-59
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    August 23, 2013 at 12:05 am
    Luckily you`ve come to the right place. I-A-B ers know more than the experts on everything from string theory to time travel. Try posting, you`ll see.
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    lukeforv123 Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 12:17 am
    I`ve always wondered how the seashells worked in Demolition Man
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    Byfield Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 12:53 am
    A few of these are answered - and dont say `we know so little`. No, as a species we know a damn lot of it - the people who made this post dont know much about it, and thats fine. Intelligence works collectively.

    And magnets are the transfer of photons.
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    Bakcagain21 Male 18-29
    560 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 1:08 am
    Three Shells have been known for awhile now

    Buns have also been answered

    Just google and you get a lot of the answers to these...
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2013 at 1:48 am
    The lonley socks goes to the washing machines. Every washing machine have a special portal for a parallel dimension only for socks. That is the truth.
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    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
    809 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 1:55 am
    way are there stupid questions with easy answers?
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    den3jlb Male 18-29
    364 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 4:30 am
    They are neither unanswered nor existential.

    Some are seriously stupid questions.

    Some are obvious questions.

    Some seem to be a random mash of words jammed together.

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    Chickenthief Male 40-49
    84 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 4:54 am
    The phone/calculator thing is this:

    Phones when automated (turn dial) sent clicks that represented the number 1-10 (10 for 0).
    When pushbutton phones came along the phone system still relied on this system.
    People used to calculators could push so fast that the automated central got confused.
    To rectify that the numbers was reversed to slow things down.

    Design of typewriters/keyboards has the same issue. The keys got scrambled up to slow typing speed down in order for the mechanics to return.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2013 at 5:15 am
    Seashells in Demolition Man:

    Take the first two, and form a pincer. Grab the poop and pull it from the hole.

    Take the third shell and scrape away any excess poop.

    Flush them down the toilet with the poop.
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    Thonious Male 40-49
    987 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 5:26 am
    After "Is This The Real Life?" I really expected, "Is This Just Fantasy?"
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 5:31 am
    What`s in the safe?

    Schrodinger`s cat.
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 5:43 am
    what was in the briefcase in pulp fiction?
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5611 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 5:51 am
    The hot dog/buns thing thing is to tempt a person to buy more to even them out.
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    ultimakewl Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 6:31 am
    at what point does death occur?
    right after life
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 6:58 am
    "at what point does death occur" is not really an existential problem, simply a matter of definition.

    "what happens after death": no mystery. your body dissolves, relatives cry, you save taxes. that`s it.
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
    1106 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 6:59 am
    lol, that reminds me ... anyone remembering this guy?

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    papajon0s1 Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 7:23 am
    This is obviously not meant to be serious. If it were one might ignite debate by asking "When does life begin?" heeh-heh! Or make it more odd like, How many holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall? Or, if you attached buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it, which end would land first? Or, where do the characters go once you hit backspace?
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 7:52 am
    "where do the characters go once you hit backspace?"

    I think they end up in Swindon.

    LemonCurry, Is it Hotblack desiato? - he may also be what`s in the safe, for tax reasons.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
    3069 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 7:57 am
    What happened before the big bang?

    This biggest explosion of all time was probably preceded by a woman saying `I Said I`m fine!`..and then it just all kicked off.

    why do hotdogs come in 10s and the buns in 8s?

    To make you buy more than one pack of buns I guess... although here they come in various packs from 6 to 12.

    At what point does death occur?

    Well I think I`m pretty close after watching the shambles of my girlfriend getting ready for just two days camping.

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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2013 at 9:58 am
    What happened before the big bang?
    This question makes no sense anyway. It`s like asking "What`s north of the North Pole?"
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 10:24 am
    full of crap, classic iab content
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    TheZigRat Male 50-59
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    August 23, 2013 at 11:16 am
    The Answer to Life, Universe And Everything is
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    Bealzebubble Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm
    @Listypoos: In New Zealand hotdogs and buns both come in packs of six as well. It must be an American thing. Tapas restaurants in NZ get on my nerves. They generally provide portions of either two or three on each plate. Which gets awkward if you don`t have that exact number of people. Here`s a hint sell the portions individually and allow people to select what they want.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    `What happened before the big bang? `

    Twas a very long Mexican stand off
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    August 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    `at what point does death occur? `
    reading the papers - its usually `sudden`
    best google `sudden`
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    7eggert Male 30-39
    247 posts
    August 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    #21: Magnetism is explained by special relativity. Except for spins - nobody gave me a good explanation for spin yet.

    #17: Doesn`t really matter - to me.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    August 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    `What happened before the big bang? `


    #21: Magnetism is explained by special relativity.
    @7eggert: Nope! Do try again! SR integrates magnetism with (some) other "primal forces" but in no way explains HOW it happens! Just "WHAT" it does! (Also not why. Who is pretty much known...)

    So: How and Why of Magnetism = Unknown!

    ALSO: @7eggert: That`s for "any way the wind blows"... youngsters these days! :-P
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
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    August 26, 2013 at 5:22 am
    The lonely socks go to my dryer. They know that I will take them in. They will live out their lives in the old man`s sock drawer; not worn, but not alone.

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