[quote="Alistar"]First of all "reality" is pretty ridiculous IMO. So the Universe is expanding. It's not slowing down as one would expect but its speeding up. Its full of "dark matter" that no one can see or accurately describe, but it must be there or else the Universe wouldn't be behaving as it is.
It sprung into existence by the way of the mysterious "Big Bang". Before the Big Bang ,time didn't exist as there was no space for it in which to do so. If the Big Bang wasn't the size that it was after 1 milisecond it would either have already collasped in on itself, or flung all the matter contained within it so far and wide it wouldn't have enough chance to interact with itself and form stars and galaxy's etc as we know them. It would already be cold, dead and desolate.
String theorists reckon they've worked out mathematically that "reality" has 11 dimensions, but we only exist in 4 of them... whatever that means.
Personally I like that idea that we're not "real" in the solid sense so like to believe it. Seems to give reality a bit of flexibility and "magic" which is why I like the concept even if its a big load of balony.
Because reality isn't built on pieces of individual units, like bricks in a wall. Atoms are bonded electro magnetically. There's lots of space between these solid constructs we know as electrons proton and nuetrons. which are themselves apparently made up of smaller units called quarks gluons etc etc. But since we are all made out of the same electro magnetic "stuff" everything behaves as if it is solid( or what we understand as such) so unfortunately we can't walk through walls etc etc.
Personally I'm not a materialist. I think that just because we can't see, or experience certain things, that it therefore means these things or realities don't exist. We just live in one aspect of reality IMO. There are probably lots of other realities, but just no way we can experience them or even comprehend them. WTF's a 5th or 7th dimension? Our 4th dimensional instruments ain't probably going to work in a 5th dimensional environment I'd expect!?
I also don't believe in a creator God outside of "reality". If s/he created "reality", then what reality does s/he exist in, and in what environment did s/he come to be in? Who created her, or did s/he just create herself? Its illogical...and one thing that reality has to do is make sense, in a very practical way, or else its going to blow itself apart and cease to exist in any meaningful, or complicated form.
God or what I perceive as God is contained within the very fabric of reality if it exists at all IMO. It's the creative, intelligence principal that allows existence to construct anything of any complexity. It was there in the begining and will be there in the end. And I like to believe this creative intelligence principal is itself probably conscious in a certain incomprehensible way. But then again, if this creative intelligence principal is inherent within realities actual "structure" then the term "God" is interchangeable with "reality" so is probably unneccesary if you follow this reasoning. God is reality, reality is God. Or perhaps God is the side of physical reality that is itself conscious? Hmmm... I'm grasping at straws here!
But of course this doesn't explain what caused the big bang to "explode" into existence in the first place. The Big Bang can't just burst into existence from nothing can it? Seems competely illogical to me in the same sense that God could have created her/himself. Or consciousness just created itself. Perhaps the Buddhists are right and consciousness never had a begining and instead has just always existed
I think or like to believe, there is nothing final about death neccessarily. Physically we change form and get absorbed back into the earth. Consciously I like to think I'll have some sort of individual consciousness not constrained by the limits of my physical body. Or perhaps I'll/ we'll just dissolve back into this "creative principal" and cease any individual type of consciousness until we are "spat out" as another physical self aware "lifeform" if we should be so cursed, or so lucky?
But I suppose I'll find out either way, when I get there