Philosophy, Science, Science & Religion

The “Why?” Question

Throughout human history people always questioned about the world around them, the nature of reality, the origins of the Cosmos and the meaning or purpose of life. Science (always progressing) has been showing us more and more aspects of how the world works, but it basically answered questions of “how?” and not more philosophical ones like “why?”. This is a question which is more often used by believers of a higher power (usually referred to as God) that created everything we see. We often hear people saying “and why is the law of gravity as it is?”, “why does the universe appear to be fine tuned?” etc. Before someone addresses such questions we need to talk about the nature of “why?” itself.

Why are things the way they are? They could have been different. Well, we need to realize, firstly, that a question like this can be infinitely used. People who support the idea of a God do not realize that they are using the question in a wrong manner and basically the series of whys will be ended only when the answer is “because God made it this way”, or something like that. Science can explain how the Universe operates and maybe even how it began but it might never explain why it began . Using the why question in such a manner is completely false, because we can’t have an infinite series of questions which have meaning. From a certain point we start losing a meaning to those questions and eventually fall into a delusional quest for answers which do not really exist. Nevertheless science is often underestimated when it comes to whys. Who said science cannot explain why the world is the way it is? The only thing that scientists cannot do is stop searching for proper and testable theories and models which will finally reveal fundamental secrets of existence. The fact that we do not have a proper and tested theory that explains why we are here doesn’t mean this theory does not exist. Invoking the supernatural or divine axiomatically does not qualify as a scientific theory nor as a correct answer, because it remains unexplained.

These are fundamental elements which many people ignore when they talk about the origins of our Universe. Maybe randomness is the ultimate answer to why the Universe exists or maybe there is not why at all, only how. Anyway, the “Why?” question has its limits and it cannot be used infinitely without reaching something illogical, meaningless or absurd. From a certain level it becomes an illusionary quest for nothing. A research with an imaginary end.