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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?

    Creator or no creator?
    Philosophers have been asking the same questions for years!

    Technically, these subjects aren't considered "absurd" at least by historians and critics. However, I think you might enjoy reading Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot or some of Edward Albee's works if you're interested in speculating upon the absurd.

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    Yes.. I find these paradoxes intriguing. Brian Magee, in Confessions of a Philosopher did well to express the ideas that I have long pondered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Yes.. I find these paradoxes intriguing. Brian Magee, in Confessions of a Philosopher did well to express the ideas that I have long pondered.
    If you're interested in paradoxes, and not necessarily the absurd- you might enjoy this book

    Amazon.com: Paradoxes: Books: R. M. Sainsbury

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    Answering based on my opinion of which of the options has the greatest chance of being absurd.

    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?
    A beginning of time would be more absurd since if there was a beginning, what came before that beginning? If nothing, then when did the nothing begin?

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?
    No life on other planets.

    Creator or no creator?
    Creator.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hotmale View Post
    If you're interested in paradoxes, and not necessarily the absurd- you might enjoy this book

    Amazon.com: Paradoxes: Books: R. M. Sainsbury
    'Absurd' wasn't meant to be interpreted literally with negative connotation, but I've never been the best at communication. What I meant was... with a paradox.. such as the one about time.. it is exasperating to consider either option... that is the appeal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?

    Creator or no creator?
    1) It's linked, perhaps. Space-time continuum. In that sense, it's like a moebius band. no end or beginning, just an infinite loop that expands and expands if you try to cut it.

    2) depends on one's definition of life. by probability, probably unlikely that only earth has life though....

    3) does it matter?

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    You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
    They called me the hyacinth girl.
    Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
    Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
    Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
    Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
    Looking into the heart of light, the silence.

    --T.S Eliot, The Wasteland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    'Absurd' wasn't meant to be interpreted literally with negative connotation, but I've never been the best at communication. What I meant was... with a paradox.. such as the one about time.. it is exasperating to consider either option... that is the appeal to me.
    You're very good at communicating your thoughts, Dana! I appreciate your input. Time is particularly tricky because there are many overlapping factors so that it's not necessarily what it seems. Anyway, hope you enjoy the book, it discusses time--and the perception of time in it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?
    No beginning is more absurd, but it seems more likely.

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?
    You'd have to define life, but I would say "no life" is more absurd.

    I want to believe.


    Creator or no creator?
    At first glance, no creator seems more absurd, but as you get older and see how random and aimless things are, and the motives for inventing a creator, God is more absurd.

    Great thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?

    Creator or no creator?

    [disclaimer: I am not looking for simple answers to these questions. I am merely opening up discussion on the mysteries which shall remain so.]
    If we assume that in each question, there is an answer, then I would say that the one that is most absurd, is the one which is most difficult for finite human minds to comprehend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Beginning of time or no beginning of time?

    Life on other planets or no life on other planets?

    Creator or no creator?


    [disclaimer: I am not looking for simple answers to these questions. I am merely opening up discussion on the mysteries which shall remain so.]
    Beginning of time is an absurdity. It is pure nonsense.
    Beginning of time cannot take place in time, can it?
    It cannot take place beyond time, can it?
    It cannot take place, can it?

    Big Bang never was.
    It is.

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