In the book Sophies World by Jostein Gaarder, the mistirious philosopher talking to Sophie asks her three simple questions which turn her world upside down and completely shift all of her veiws on reality. These three simple questions were, Is there a basic substance that everything else is made of?, Can water turn into wine?, How can earth and water produce a live frog?
These may seem like simple questions at first but like Sophie, the more you think about them the more complicated they become.
Is there a basic substance that everything else is made of?-
This is a very interisting philosophy question that makes you think about the world around you and what composes it. The general rule of thumb that people now believe is that everything is made up of molocules, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of protons nuetrons and electrons, which are made up of quarks. But you have to think to yourself, do these small particles really make up everything around us? This got me thinking, what if there was more to everything than just that. What composes quarks and how are they created? Then this got me thinking, what if we are just giants and the quarks each contain a new incredibly tiny universe which may contain life, and they also are wondering if there is a basic substance everything is made of?
Can water turn into wine?-
Thinking about this question brought me right back to thinking about if there is one basic substance that everything is made of. If there is one basic substance it could be rearanged to make naything, including transform water into wine. But if there is not one basic substance can water still turn into wine? So I now think the awnser is Yes if everything is made out of one single substance, and No if it is not.
How can earth and water produce a live frog? -
This question gets me thinking about, not only frogs, but all life in general and where did it come from? We think right now that all life comes from life but what came before? Life could not have just apeered, and has to have come from somewhere, is the earth and water just one substance rearanging itself so it becomes somthing living and can take in that substance, grow and survive?