Dear Norman,

    Perhaps because "Nothingness" can not non-exist.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Hawthorne" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Norman Samish" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2003 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: Why is there something instead of nothing?

> Norman Samish wrote:
> >...
> >I don't understand how there can be both something and nothing.  Perhaps
> >don't understand what you mean by "nothing."  By "nothing" I mean  no
> >not even empty space.
> >
> >
> I think of it this way.
> 1. Information (a strange and inappropriately anthropocentric word - it
> should just be called "differences") is the most
> fundamental "thing".
> 2. The plenitude, or multiverse (of possible worlds) can be conceived of
> as "the potential for all possible information states"
> or in other words, all possible sets of differences, or in otherwords,
> an infinite length qu-bitstring simultaneously exhibiting
> all of its possible states.
> 3. In that conception,  "nothing" is just the special state of the
> qu-bitstring in which all of the bits are 0 (or 1 - there are two
> possible nothings, but they are equivalent, since 1 is defined only in
> its opposition to 0 and vice versa.)
> That is, in that conception, "nothing" is a universe in which there is
> no difference, and thus no structure. i.e. That
> state of the bitstring has zero entropy, or zero information. So it is
> truely "nothing."
> 4. but that special state of the qu-bitstring is only one of the  2 to
> the power (bitstring-length) simultaneously existing
> information-states of the qu-bitstring. And some of the other sets of
> information-states are our universe (i.e. "something.")
> and similar universes (everything? or at least everything of note.)

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