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Every problem has a resolution, every question an answer -- yes or no?

bleurowz 8 May 8

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Yes, but often there are no good solutions.

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No. Not all problems have a resolution. Some questions will never by answered to satisfaction. Some answers might even be technically correct, but will never prove acceptable to those asking the questions.

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Don't forget the language frames the subject. Problem? Challenge? Test? Same thing different perception. Questions are like rabbit holes - a well placed why can keep one falling.

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I don't understand why Westerners are so obsessed with BINARY answers to questions. Yes/no, black/white, on/off...

Sometimes answers are really personal preference. Dog/cat?

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Maybe, but the honest answer to many questions we have will always remain as, "I do not know."

True but just because we don't know the answer doesn't mean there isn't one.

@MsAl Mankind is expected to a short-lived species and we are the last in our line. So to be realistic we will not exist long enough to have all our questions answered. Each new amazing discovery seems to raise as many new questions as giving us answers.
When we have no good evidence for an answer we cannot logically say there is one.
When we have no good evidence for a god, we cannot logically say there is one.

@Silverwhisper so you mean that if we won't know the answer there isn't one? I know we won't ever know all the answers. How could we? More than often we find out or answers were initially wrong or at least flawed. That's what science is all about, discovering new things and changing what we know. My answer to the god question is that he does not exist. Too much evidence otherwise. Just because I know that doesnt mean there are not things in the universe that we don't know about that do exist. Stuff doesn't exist because human animals know about it. It just exists.

@MsAl i mean that if we do not have good evidence to know there is a god, we have no reason to say there is one, so if we do not have good evidence to know there is an answer, we have no reason to say there is one. Saying we do not know, is honest and it does NOT mean the same thing as saying no answer is possible. Same for gods.
You could not prove a claim that no kind of god could exist, but you could make a good case against gods like the silly human like Abrahamic type gods not existing. It's best to leave the burden of proof for gods on the Theists who claim they exist. Nobody has to lift a finger to disprove gods, but some Atheists find it entertaining to try.

I agree things can exist even though we do not know about them, but we can not leap to saying they DO exist without that vital verifiable evidence and proof that is required to have something be called true. Saying we do not know does not mean we are saying they do not, or can not exist. Hope that helps explain what I meant better.

@Silverwhisper I get it, just like talking about it sometimes. Some people say I argue too much... I do think there is pretty good evidence that we were made by natural forces without the help of any gods that I have ever heard of or can imagine.

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Not really. Just look at Godel's theorem or the unproved theorems of mathematics. In principle those are the easiest examples - much simpler and better defined than almost any real-world problem.

Beat me to the punch! 😉

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No.
....got some questions for your answers.....

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NO!

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For every resolution it's possible to find a different problem.... You go ahead establish your own conclusions

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Several resolutions. several answers.

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Well some questions don't have have a good answer..Just a less crappy answer.

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Eventually. Whether we live long enough to see it resolved is another matter entirely.

You are right.

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I've come to realize that every problem usually has more than one resolution, including not resolving the problem. Which is the right way to go? Sometimes getting started on an imperfect solution is better than waiting to find a better one, but other times, that is exactly the wrong thing to do. As for questions, some have pretty straightforward answers, but others are more nuanced and complex, and you get into qualifying your responses. To your question: problems, no, not usually; questions, the simple ones, yes, some others, no.

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Definitely not. What is outside the light cone of the Big Bang? As far as problems and resolutions, especially human interaction problems, there is not necessarily a resolution. There may be a theoretical one, but not a practical one. Example: The Middle East

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Donald Rumsfeld
"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."

cava Level 7 May 8, 2018

One of the only things that man said that even made a little sense!

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No and yes.

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Yes that is true.

The problem is a proper combination of available time, timing, knowledge, and resources.

Available Time: If a baseball is flying at your head, you may not have time to avoid it.
Timing: Smallpox used to be a big problem, now we've developed vaccines.
Knowledge: There is an answer to how gravity works, we just haven't found it.
Resources: The human race has everything it needs to build a spaceship to Mars and has for years now. No single entity has been able to collect all the necessary resources.

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Either one

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Sure but they are not always resolved in the way you want and the answers sometimes suck.

MsAl Level 7 May 8, 2018
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Just wondering what the resolution would be to the book burnings, or genocide? Sure we can take action to prevent those things but what resolve will there be when we pump out the oil from the planet? If aliens are real and wish us harm? If you legs were blown off and you were alone miles from any help? NO! Not every problem can be resolved. People really need to think more about prevention because we cannot always fix things once they are broken.

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You are often on the path to the solution already ... you just have a different time reference for a solution. we expect answers on OUR time schedule and thats not always the case.

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NO!

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No!

zesty Level 7 July 11, 2019
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Yes. Whether it's to our satisfaction is a different question.

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