Why is there something rather than nothing?

And before you answer "God did it," consider Carl Sagan's reply "then how did God come about?"

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    $\begingroup$ Way too off-topic. If there were nothing you woundn't ask (I is much more profound that it may seem). $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2010 at 13:56
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    $\begingroup$ Because. [ ](emp.ty) $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2010 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ This question should be closed... $\endgroup$
    – Cedric H.
    Nov 16, 2010 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ Not a physics question, and I'd say it's a bad philosophy question. But then, I'm biased towards analytic philosophy. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2010 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ Sydney Coleman and others published on this question, considering it really as the subquestion referring to why the apparent matter/antimatter asymmetry, which of course is now the subject of active experimentation. Furthermore a subquestion could refer to the origin of inflation, assuming that it occurred. I vote to edit the question and reopen. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2010 at 19:57

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The question is unanswerable. If I tell you "because P", then you can simply ask what caused P.

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    $\begingroup$ @Manishearth: I actually think that this is as good an answer as can be provided to this question. Any scientific explanation will have to rely on some general laws, and then the question would indeed become "but why do these laws hold?". $\endgroup$ Jan 19, 2013 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ @YvanVelenik: True. This is why the question was closed, it really can't be answered properly via physics. $\endgroup$ Jan 19, 2013 at 9:49

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