People usually ask the question “Can something come from nothing?” rhetorically, to prove the existence of God. What do you think? Does it really prove that a creator exists? In this post, we will discuss this question and the notions of nothingness and existence. Meanwhile, the key aspect that will lead us to the answers will be another fundamental question: “Is nothing a thing?”
If you are a religious person, I should tell you that my arguments are not actually related to atheism. They define more of a pantheistic position. On the other hand, if you are an atheist, I hope I will be able to covince you that the order of the Cosmos is not just a result of randomness, and there is a deeper logic to it:
When theists ask the question “Can something come from nothing?”, it causes a conflicting condition, since their hypotheses also include the assumption saying that God exists by himself (without any help or a cause).
They suggest everything has to have a creator. However, when you say “Okay then, who created God?” in return, they do not have a reasonable explanation. The common answer is “God is great. He is different and superior.”. Then why can’t the Cosmos, also, be great? It might as well be existing without any help, just like God does.
In order to bring an end to the endless ‘Who created who?’ questions, we have to find a logical, immanent cause for the existence of the Cosmos. Besides, the cause we are looking for has to make more sense than atheists’ answer to the question “Why do we exist?”.
I do not think that anyone is truly satisfied with the ‘coincidence’ hypothesis. Yes, a genetic variation in natural selection may have a randomness to it, but -in my opinion- our existence requires a reasonable purpose:
The first step is to determine if ‘nothing’ is a thing, or not. It is easy, actually: Have you ever seen ‘nothing’? Could anyone ever see it? Of course not, because it is impossible to ‘be nothing’. For this reason, everything must be existent. See, “Can something come from nothing?” is a pointless question, because there is nothing called ‘nothing’.
You could say “Do unicorns exist? They are imaginary.”. Besides they exist as a product of imagination, surprisingly, they have a ‘potential’ existence in reality too. I can almost hear you saying “You are talking nonsense!”, but no, I am not. Let me explain:
Think of time as a whole, as the set including the past, the present and the future. Did computers exist in 19th century? They did not exist categorically, but they had ‘potential existence’ in time (as a whole). They could be invented one day, and now I am using one to write this post. So who could be 100% sure that a horny (lol) species of horse will never ever evolve? In time, as a whole, everything has potential existence, and nothing is ‘nothing’.
“Potential existence“… Here is another key notion to take another step to the ultimate solution. Now think of an object that no one has ever seen or heard of. Does it exist? Who knows? Nobody. However, it has potential existence, because one day it could be perceived by a conscious being.
This brings us to the role of conscious beings in the Cosmos: We turn potentially existing things into categorically (certainly) existing entities.
Would everything be existing potentially if there was no conscious being? No, because these entities, also, need to be defined in order to have potential existence. In our minds, they are defined as unknown elements of the set “the things we do not know yet”. Consciousness is essential for their (potential) existence too.
Minds are the imperative elements for the existence of the entire Cosmos. There is no need for a creator to make things exist, because ‘nothingness’ is already impossible. What we needed to find out was ‘the things that make existence possible’, and here we are. The answer has been there the whole time, we are the ones that make it possible!
“So, are you saying that nothing had existed before the evolution of conscious beings?”
First off, our Universe may not be the only one. The Cosmos could comprehend countless Universes, and conscious beings could have evolved before our Universe, in somewhere else in the Cosmos. Nonetheless, we do not even need this explanation when we think of time as a whole:
One conscious mind at some point in time is enough to make everything existent. For her/him, what she/he has perceived would exist categorically, and the other elements of existence (from the past, the present, and the future) would exist in the ‘unknown’ set, as potentials.
Think of yourself, the moment you realized your own existence, you also realized the door which opens to the knowledge of the whole cosmos. That door was the question “Where am I?”, and anything that you have not perceived became the elements of the ‘unknown’ set at that moment.
This brings us to the last important question: “If one mind is enough to make entire existence possible, why are there lots of minds instead of only one?”
I had thought about this problem for years, and eventually I found out the ultimate reason. In order to explain it clearly, I designed a dynamic puzzle game, which symbolizes the Cosmos. The game will be available for you to play/read on my website in a month, and I hope you will be both amused and enlightened when you finish it. Follow me on twitter to be informed when the game is out.