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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 September 2007 08:01PM

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Comment author: drow 13 December 2010 11:09:55PM 1 point [-]

Why couldn't there be a explanation that needs no explanation; an axiom? Why couldn't this list of explanations end with one of those?

Comment author: ata 13 December 2010 11:14:35PM *  1 point [-]

Maybe it's metaphysically possible that there's some explanation that needs no explanation, but how would we know if a particular explanation qualifies?

Comment author: drow 13 December 2010 11:17:13PM 0 points [-]

It would produce no 'why' questions, there would be nothing else to explain, ignore, or worship.

Comment author: Nornagest 13 December 2010 11:29:22PM *  3 points [-]

Axioms give the starting assumptions for generating consequences within logical systems. If our reality is defined in terms of such a system (which is entirely possible), the rules generating it could be expected to point back toward a small set of irreducible axioms, but that doesn't mean no "why" questions would be left; it means that definitive answers to them would be unavailable within the context of the system.