I was talking about contributing knowledge. As far as I know, art hasn't contributed to knowledge at all. Art doesn't answer any questions.I could simply argue that art was the world's greatest invention by far, by virtue of how it liberates human creativity, and how could you refute it in an absolute way?
How can there be "bad" and "good" problems in that sense? I meant "problem" as in "question". It's a "bad" (meaningless, unanswerable question) because you haven't defined what you mean by it. Without knowing what the question means, you cannot find the answer.The "problem" I meant was not a bad problem, like having cancer, but a good problem, like solving a puzzle. The problem to solve is, matter to what? That is the key question, so that's where the problem centers.
What I meant is that once we start debating and get lost in WORDS, not ideas, we become slaves of the words. That's because the sole purpose of words is to reflect real ideas. Words themselves have no meaning, and I feel we are treating words as if they were the meaning itself and not simply a symbol for a meaning. The word "matter" for example (as in "does this matter"?). When you ask that question without specifying what you mean, you lose perspective and become the slave of the word.But we are communicating with symbols, not with reality.
Same as above. What exactly do you mean "why"? I can tell you exactly why, and you've already heard it before, but I highly doubt that's what you meant. You are the "slave" of the word why, because I don't think even you know what you mean when you say why.We may never truly know why we are here, but for me, part of the journey of life is understanding more about it.
Why are we here? We're here because long ago a chemical reaction produced an imperfect self-replicating molecule, which proceeded to do what it did, and ultimately evolved into humans, allowed you to be born. That's why we're here.
Again, however, I doubt that's the answer you wanted. The only reason why you say we don't know the answer is because you don't LIKE the answer we have. You are INSIST there is another answer. Unless you find that answer, you will keep insisting nobody has found the answer, and you will never find it because you don't even know what answer you really want.
Or tell me, what exactly do you mean when you ask why we are here? What kind of answer is it that you want? you want some big man in the sky to come down and tell you you are there to serve him? or do you want the answer to be that you reincarnate to become better (whatever that means)?
That's what faith is for. But faith doesn't provide you answers. Faith provides comfort, and appeals to people's ego.
Face it- reality doesn't work that way. It's not reality's job to satisfy our egos- the universe doesn't owe us any meaning. Science has provided the answers, you just refuse to accept them because you want some fuzzy comforting answer.
Maybe it's not a problem with the question itself, just with the questioner.
PS. I don't mean to offend anyone, and what I said wasn't directed at anyone in particular... just at everyone who thinks those kinds of questions are still unanswered or that science is incapable of answering them.