About The Biggest Questions Podcast and Discussion Series

The Biggest Questions is a podcast and discussion series produced by Tony Sobrado. The series covers fundamental topics from both analytic and continental philosophy, the sciences; and the arts and humanities. Each episode discusses both timely and timeless questions across a range of disciplines and fields with some of the world’s leading thinkers and public intellectuals.

Please explore a whole range of topics, themes and issues with the world’s leading thinkers ranging from analytic and continental philosophy to cosmology, mathematics and physics as well as timeless and contemporary questions in the arts and humanities.

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  1. Why something rather than nothing? A creator God assumes what is to be explained. So the world springs from nature. Is there a Theory of Everything to explain this? Then everything would spring ultimately from logical necessity. If this is the only possible world, then it is unreasonable that this one should happen to favour life. This is a challenge to opponents of anthropic reasoning, because an explanation of this kind is the only option on the table. There has to be a multiverse, where necessity and contingency converge. This may turn out to be scientifically unverifiable, but unfortunately, that is no barrier to its being the case.

    • Thanks for the engagement and consideration. If there is a theory of everything this does not necessarily entail that the theory produces our existence as a logical necessity – it can still sit in the domain of probability or contingency. However I do share your concerns regarding necessity and contingency; and in my case I put in probability in there as well but I do not see a multiverse presenting a problem with both necessity and contingency. However I have just finished a discussion with Professor Robin Collins who does seem to think that the mutliverse presents problems. You may find some of his arguments interesting.



  2. Theory of everything is not theory but practicality. and everything cannot include everyone as many are yet to born and theirs everything is not everything we know of. and Allah created all in theirs measure and strength and time. in time when we become Gods when time no longer consumes our existance when we become time until then we cannot say we know all . as Allah forcing all us to become divinity till then we must suffer for inadequate knowledge of mortals.anyway this is me and mine longest prose as a beast I don’t write prose I write poetry.and thank you for adding

  3. I am glad that people like you take their time to build websites like these. I am mostly self educated in these sorts of topics and i have always got my source of information from the web. So thanks a lot.

    I think that there are so many different interpretations and philosophical stances about the nature of reality that it is hard to choose one. There are good arguments and bad arguments for each. I think that all i can do is learn about each of them and to keep an open mind. I try to choose a favourite but it is too hard, as either could be right.

    Though, i am interested about the role consciousness plays in it all. I feel that it is highly plausible that we as living organisms react to stimuli and sense data from the outside environment and that our brains organise this data into what we perceive as reality. I feel that maybe what we perceive to be reality is just an interpretation of something much deeper. I feel it boils down to energy and information. But we give those names and concepts to energy and information in the first place. I feel that, at the end of the day, we can not know anything for certain !

  4. I am working with model based systems engineering as part of my work in the aerospace industry. Models are formal methods of capturing abstract concepts. The engineering process then maps these abstract concepts, sometimes into intermediate forms like software and sometimes directly to physical hardware that embodies the intended conceptual behaviour. Validation is tests to ensure the conceptual behaviour has been captured correctly. Verification ensures that the implementation of the concept correctly captures the intended conceptual behaviour. It seems that in computing and engineering there are a number of highly relevant and useful tools and paradigms for exploring the questions of mathematics, platonic reality and fictionalism. Perhaps it is time for philosophy, mathematics and metaphysics to examine their connection to technology in the 21st century.

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