Somebody once wrote a piece of music which in fact involved not  
writing a piece of music at all.

The score of the piece merely instructs the pianist to sit down, open  
the lid of the piano and wait out a period of 4' 33" then close the  
piano lid and walk off.

Many people who "heard" it at the premiere felt ripped off. Others  
agreed with the composer that music had in fact occurred.

Something was given for Nothing

Does something have to be paid for?

Kim Jones

On 06/03/2006, at 4:14 PM, Norman Samish wrote:

> "Why is there something rather than nothing?"
> When I heard that Famous Question, I did not assume that "nothing" was
> describable - because, if it was, it would not be "nothing."  I  
> don't think
> of "nothing" as an empty bitstring - I think of it as the absence of a
> bitstring - as "no thing."
> Given that definition, is there a conceivable answer to The Famous  
> Question?
> Norman


Everyone lies about everything all of the time. Believe me.


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