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Comment author: mitchell_porter2 08 March 2008 11:10:25AM 3 points [-]

A warning to those who would dissolve all their questions:

Why does anything at all exist? Why does this possibility exist? Why do things have causes? Why does a certain cause have its particular effect?

Comment author: faul_sname 20 February 2012 07:08:38PM *  3 points [-]

I find that for questions like these, it is better to ask "how" than to ask "why". When you replace "why" with "how", the questions

Why does anything exist? We observe that everything seems to obey simple mathematical rules. Do these rules become what we observe as reality, and if so, how?

Why does this possibility exist? How is it that we observe only this possibility?

Why do thing have causes? How does causality work?

Why does a certain cause have its particular effect? How does causality work in this particular case?