Re: is information the bottom line?

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 08:36:21 -0800 (PST)

> Technically, I think ["why does anything exist"] fits in the
> category of teleology,...

The English word "why" has at least four different meanings: physical causation, logical implication, agentive justification, and agentive motive ("telos"). The teleological "why" may be a waste of time to investigate, but the others might not be. In particular, an interesting and useful question is "Is there a relatively simple set of initial conditions from which the complex Universe we see could have evolved?"

ObLojbanPlug: Lojban, of course, has distinct words for all of these, making it difficult to pose the question as ambiguously as it is posed in English.

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