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« on: October 07, 2008, 07:09:46 AM »

If you had the choice of having any question answered before you died what would it be?

Mine is:
How does our universe work?

I would like to have the understanding of the creation and current expansion of our universe.

(place your question in bold so its easier to find)
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 07:22:25 AM »

how about:

Who made God and why did they make such a terrible job of it?
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 07:26:02 AM »

Oooh, I love these introspective/philosophical questions, though I rarely answer them myself. What about:
Is 42 really the meaning of life?
Nah, just kidding. Need some time to come up with a proper one. Great question  Thmbsup

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 07:43:27 AM »

Where do I sign up for the next life?
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008, 08:11:20 AM »

2Carol Haynes
Where do I sign up for the next life?
Are you sure you want it? Maybe be little more precise. I cannot get the thought out that it would erase your memory Wink

This is truly hard question. Honestly: I do not believe in universal meaning of the life, rather that it depends of what you want it to be. I was thinking once about "what after death" but obviously: you will know that after few seconds. Whole deduction leaves two questions. If I had little more time before death, I would ask myself first: "was my life good" and then real question: "Who are you to give me an answer". But not knowing how it will come I have to choose:

Was it good?
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 08:22:08 AM »

How does our universe work?

Read Richard Dawkins & Stephen Hawkins books, maybe you'll atleast get closure to scientific side Thmbsup  cheesy

My qustion :
Am i Half-Evil & Half-God,just like they showed in "Bleach" Anime?
 cheesy ROFL..Myself...

Ok lets be serious, Wink

Why we can't change our past or time?


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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008, 08:59:16 AM »

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Because that way you could never learn?

You could change not only your time but the time of every person you had some influence. It would not be so great. On the other side: IF anyone can change time then only math and physics would be constans. Neverending story about correcting everything. In such case: would you play ANY game? Would you ever consider any "risk"?

DMT Too many "what-ifs". I can't follow english grammar this way Wink
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2008, 10:00:01 AM »

How do I return if I don't like it?

Why was I not a better person when I had the chance?
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2008, 10:39:48 AM »

<note as moderator> Please let's be careful not to let this go into the field of religion </note as moderator>

My question might be: What will happen to them? ("them" being the ones that were dear to me and stayed behind). I might come up with something better at the time, though.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2008, 10:48:30 AM »

I guess this post was not what I thought it would turn out to be.  I really wanted to see what some of the members here thought were interesting, unanswered questions - seriously...
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008, 11:13:58 AM »

If it really was any question that could be answered, imho that would require an all-knowing being, and thus asking questions like "does god exist" would be pretty much irrelevant. My own question would then be simply WHY?, and would cover all the whys. This probably isn't fair, though, since it is kind of more than a single question.

My question would then probably be along the lines of "Why do we have to go through all this pain and suffering?", again keeping the "all-powerful being" theory in mind, and thus deducing that there must be some reason behind it all.

If we step down from the metaphysical/close-to-religious stuff and have to phrase some much more concrete questions, I don't really know. I guess I'll have to ask whether we're considering that there's an afterlife, and the question is something you can have answered on your death-bed and will then reflect on in the afterlife... or if it's basically any question answered now, knowledge which can then be used until this meat-vessel can no longer sustain me?
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2008, 11:15:51 AM »

What caused the 'singularity' event that preceded the Big Bang.
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2008, 11:42:08 AM »

how about:

can AI eventually demonstrate sentience/consciousness.

also:

can humans (as a species) move beyond superstitions
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2008, 12:20:49 PM »

How does the brain work?
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2008, 12:28:53 PM »

How does the brain work?


I like that - just before the lights go out ... at least you'll know what is about to stop happening Wink


How about 'Why can't people get along with each other?'
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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008, 01:58:14 PM »

OK, guys. I've decided to grant you answers so no one needs to die for Wink

1. How does our universe work?
Very good, thank you.

2. Who made God and why did they make such a terrible job of it?
People and they had very tight deadline.

3. Is 42 really the meaning of life?
No. 69.

4. Where do I sign up for the next life?
Nowhere. You've got only one. Use it well.

5. Was it good?
Yes.

6. Why we can't change our past or time?
World's balance.

7. How do I return if I don't like it? / Why was I not a better person when I had the chance?
You can't. / No one is perfect, neither You.

8. What will happen to them?
Your heritage will live and it's heritage and so on...

9. WHY?
Because  tongue

10. What caused the 'singularity' event that preceded the Big Bang.
Syntax error in "Preceded": there is no before in timeline.

11. can AI eventually demonstrate sentience/consciousness. / can humans (as a species) move beyond superstitions
Yes, but you will not see that.

12. How does the brain work?
Pick a person and I will tell you.
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2008, 02:02:27 PM »

What caused the 'singularity' event that preceded the Big Bang.

That's something I wonder too.  Also, if the universe is expanding with a force that could overtake gravity what state does the universe go back to after the big rip...
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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2008, 02:03:43 PM »

How does the brain work?

Follow up to that would be can a computer ever be built that could simulate a human brain...
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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2008, 02:09:20 PM »

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AFAIK it is unknown will this force overtake gravity. Scientists think about three possible scenarios depending of this variables' values. Universe will get colder and colder until any kind of live will extinct or someday it will start to shrink and will end with another Big Bang. Or extending will just stops and everything will be balanced.

The answer for this question is not clear because there are too many gaps in science. The biggest unknown is the dark matter (IIRC) and it's properties. I advise you to read A Brief History of Time. Maybe that book will answer some of your questions.

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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2008, 02:13:10 PM »

2Veign
AFAIK it is unknown will this force overtake gravity. Scientists think about three possible scenarios depending of this variables' values. Universe will get colder and colder until any kind of live will extinct or someday it will start to shrink and will end with another Big Bang. Or extending will just stops and everything will be balanced.

The answer for this question is not clear because there are too many gaps in science. The biggest unknown is the dark matter (IIRC) and it's properties. I advise you to readA Brief History of Time. Maybe that book will answer some of your questions.

Dark Matter or Dark Energy are just guesses at this point.  Some questions can only be asked based on the information which is known.  Space is such a puzzle and actually it bothers me a little that I will never have the answers in my life time - not sure why this is something I very much want the answers to.

The book seems kinda of old and information gained in the last 10 years alone has advanced the understanding.
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« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2008, 02:17:04 PM »

2Veign
The book seems kinda of old and information gained in the last 10 years alone has advanced the understanding.

Yes it is old.
I apologise because I thought that you've just started getting knowledge in this area (so I recommended ABC).
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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2008, 02:42:01 PM »

Assuming the rule is that you can't die until you get your questions answered:

What has become of all the people I met? would theoretically prolong your life until you get tired of all the answers and stop meeting people and if it gets too noisy, you could always use a noise cancelling instrument to cancel out some of the people. The knowledge also helps you die satisfied in knowing what you have done in this world before you leave this plane of existence.
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2008, 03:48:53 PM »

how about:

can AI eventually demonstrate sentience/consciousness.

We might actually live to see that before we die! Cool

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also:

can humans (as a species) move beyond superstitions

My Ouija Board says: YES Grin

10. What caused the 'singularity' event that preceded the Big Bang.
Syntax error in "Preceded": there is no before in timeline.

I'm not so much interested in "what/before." I want understand the "because/therefor" part. smiley
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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2008, 04:33:26 PM »

how about:

are we doomed to never fully comprehend and resolve a lot of questions because the construction of our brains makes it impossible to do so.
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« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2008, 05:40:56 PM »

During human existence, what will become the extent of technology?

Just because that's me, the ever curious one, I would have to know how far humans would advance in technology before *something* happened. Be that an Earth-covering EMP blast, the Earth exploding, etc. Mostly for kicks, just because I'm waiting for the Intel Core 900 (17.38 Rev 4) Octo Edition with Phase Cooling and Uber-Threading Technology. Can't die until I know of it tongue
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