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Grayling’s question

By AC Grayling   June 2007

Why is there something rather than nothing? Some philosophers think this question is genuinely puzzling on the grounds that nothingness is vastly simpler than somethingness, and might rationally be supposed the more “natural” state in view of the presumably infinite effort required for anything to emerge from nothing. And yet there is something, so, they wish to know why.

Others ask why there is something rather than nothing because they expect, or at least desire, an answer incorporating the claim that the universe exists for a purpose, which the answer accordingly identifies.

The vacuous hypothesis that there is something because…

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