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Submitted by Mohammed Waza Khiddif Id'ullah (Australia), Jul 9, 2015 at 06:27

"This is just a play with the words "matter" and "reality". You and I know that "reality" is subjective, happening in our minds without any actual "contact" with the world around us. It's all happening in our unlit brains that have no actual feeling."

Our perception is subjective.... but things are actually happening independent of the observer in the 'outside' world - of course. e.g. you are not actually just happening within my mind.

"..PS. Discontinuous functions come to mind, and undefined points. Sometimes, those functions and points describe physical phenomena. Wavefunctions also have "imaginary components", which must be accounted for in calculations. In that sense, they are "real" in an unseen dimension.... "

Ouch... giving me a headache and reminding me of my incomplete understanding of imaginary numbers and quaternions.

"The Big Bang theory contains the interesting hypothetical concept of a "singularity", of exceedingly small dimensions yet incredible mass. "

Mass came later. Initially it was all energy.

"That, so the theory goes, is ultimately where all of space comes from, even the "vacuums".

Space-time came into existence at that instant supposedly.

"Envisioning the known universe in this way, one obviously cannot get "something" from nothing:

yet some physicists say the whole universe is the ultimate free lunch - arising out of nothing.

"All things appear to come from the singularity, which is definitely "something".

again - what did the 'big bang singularity' - and all space time - exist in? What was it contained in if space did not exist?

and what of the 70%+ dark matter/dark energy? What and where is it all?

Submitting....

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