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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Jun 19, 2015 at 06:35

"If you define the universe as the extent of physical, measurable phenomena, it is definitely finite. "

At the very edges of the universe (and therefore of space-time) right this second , where the very first photons are travelling at lightspeed (naturally) - what are they travelling into?

"..That leads to the notion of "something from nothing", which does not make sense..."

Maybe not making sense, but this very thing is observed in quantum realm - 'particles' appearing out of nothing spontaneously.

"..Why, for instance, does a Westerner see tremendous value in a rare archealogical relic, and want to fight to preserve such a relic; yet someone in Da'esh sees it as a loathsome thing and fights to destroy it? "

Many reasons - education and having a sense of history for one thing. And not having a backward , stagnating , regressive belief system also helps. Plus having a cultural background that does not treat spite and anger as virtues.

"There is nothing physical to explain that phenomenon; it is entirely in the realm of consciousness...""

Hardly 'conscious' behaviour though. They just can't get to the point where they get the insight that allows them to see that everything they do - they do to themselves. Maybe it's a genetic thing.

I saw a documentary on animal intelligence the other night. New Caledonian crows would put a lot of these cretins to shame. So would cockatoos.

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