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20 Unanswered 'Existential' Questions [Pic]

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Male, 18-29, Europe
 468 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 12:53:41 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.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 1056 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 12:17:08 AM
I've always wondered how the seashells worked in Demolition Man

Male, 50-59, Europe
 7083 Posts
Friday, August 23, 2013 12:05:32 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.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29118 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:40:04 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"...

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:28:03 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2564 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:23:09 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.

Male, 40-49, Southern US
 1443 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:17:39 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.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 33 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:53:25 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.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1945 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:48:37 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.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 1945 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:46:39 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 [supposedly] serious discussion?

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29118 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 10:10:59 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...

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13916 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:35:46 PM

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2819 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:18:04 PM

Male, 60-69, Eastern US
 134 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:29:50 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 ago....pet peeve in case nobody noticed.

Male, 40-49, Australia
 898 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:17:17 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?

Male, 30-39, Western US
 5715 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:15:40 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.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:08:05 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! =^.^=

Male, 30-39, Western US
 4377 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:02:51 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)

Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5775 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:48:14 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?"

Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1632 Posts
Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:18:03 PM
Link: 20 Unanswered 'Existential' Questions [Pic] [Rate Link] - Yeah, Uh If anyone can answer some of these, I would appreciate it.

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