"Whys�... Questions, Without Real Answers!

(A Short Answer, Without An Answer!)

�Many of us spend half our time wishing for things
we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing."

Alexander Woollcott

�Wisdom is knowing what to do next,
skill is knowing how to do it,
and virtue is doing it."

David Starr Jordan

�Some things have to be believed to be seen."

Ralph Hodgson

�Mortality is the real cause of all our whys!"

J A Macaluso

"Why?" Have you ever pondered the �Why� of a why?

It seems, in today's world, �why� has become the most prevalent of all questions asked! It peppers, the religions, the governments, the political parties, the economy, and even the science we experience; and, it creates division everywhere it is used! Why do �whys� create such havoc on us and our societies?

One reason is because, when you answer a why, you are not answering the question asked with fact, but only with speculation � a speculation, most often formed on a set of beliefs. Yes, beliefs � not facts!

Here is the problem: beliefs are outside the realm of the factual. They go beyond cause and effect, because they actually ask how cause and effect actually work in the particular situation the why examines! A �how� is what science answers � not a �why�. �How� is based on facts, and even science must prove the �how� with first proposing a �why�, and then proving that �why�, according to the outcome of experimentation. So, an answered �how�, is the proof that a �why� is correct � within the bounds of today's statistical science. And, that �statistical�, is not a certainty; but only a �likelihood�, even when, supposedly proven!1

Can our �whys� ever become certainties? That is another problem. You see, �whys�, begin in certainties, or beliefs we hold. That belief is a certainty, to us. The problem is: Is it a certainty to everyone else? That is why �whys� create such havoc with us; we already, really, have the answer before we ask the question in many cases, as the third quotation, above, states.

Take, for instance, science. Today, science wants to probe the Universe we live in. In fact, it wants to even tell us, how it actually came into existence. It has given this �why� a name, called The Big Bang theory. But, this theory is really only a belief; in fact, it is a belief that cannot even ever be proven at all. Why? Because it is outside of the confirmation of science! Oops! I answered a �why� with my belief! See, its even got me doing it! It's easier to put it another way: theory is not science, till proven. Can science prove it? Unless, it can actually go back in time, to view the creation of the Universe, it cannot! So, so much for Big Bang!2

Again, science deals with �hows�, not �whys�! The �whys� are always really unanswerable, because they deal with beliefs! Why? Because... well, it was, at least, a good try... that is my belief! Like I say above, we are mortal, so we will keep asking:



To return to note's origin click the footnote number at left

1 Statistics is a mathematical theory to prove the �certainty� of a proposed causal connection. That �certainty� is better described as a likelihood, than a certainty. The problem is that causality may involve many more factors than we are even aware of, and we cannot test every particular situation where that causal connection comes into play, only a certain, very small, population of them. Science is not "certainty", only a guess, within the bounds of a statistical "certainty"!

2 See my essay: �The Fallacy Of �Big Bang�, (Going Beyond What Is)�

3 For a more Philosophical discussion of "Whys" see: Errata



Originally Published:

August 11, 2015


August 17, 2015