good text! I may add to it:
"Who created Nothing? - of course: Nobody". (The ancient joke of Odysseus
towards Polyphemos: 'Nobody' has hurt me).
Just one thing: if it contains (includes) EMPTY SPACE, it includes space,
it is not nothing. And please, do not forget about my adage in the previous
post that limits (borders) are similarly not includable into nothing, so it
must be an infinite - well - "nothing".
It still may contain things we have no knowledge about and in such case it
is NOT nothing. We just are ignorant.
On Sun, May 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM, R AM <ramra...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Some thoughts about "nothing":
> - If nothing has no properties, and a limitation is considered a property,
> then "nothing" cannot have any limitations, including the limitation of
> generating "something". Therefore, "something" may come from "nothing".
> - Given that something exists, it is possible that something exists
> (obviously). The later would be true even if "nothing" was the case.
> Therefore, we should envision the state of "nothing" co-existing with the
> possibility of "something" existing, which is rather bizarre.
> - Why should "nothing" be the default state? I think this is based on the
> intuition that "nothing" would require no explanation, whereas "something"
> requires an explanation. However, given that the possibility of something
> existing is necessarily true, an explanation would be required for why
> there is "nothing" instead of "something".
> - There are many ways something can exist, but just one of nothing
> existing. Therefore, "nothing" is less likely :-)
> - I think the intuition that "nothing" requires less explanation than the
> universe we observe is based on a generalization of the idea of classical
> empty space. However, this intuition is based on what we know about *this*
> universe (i.e. empty space is simpler than things existing in it). But why
> this intuition about *our* reality should be extrapolated to metaphysics?
> - I think that the important question is why this universe instead of any
> other universe? (including "nothing").
> On Sun, May 6, 2012 at 6:24 PM, John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 5, 2012 John Mikes <jami...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Is it so hard to understand a "word"?
>> Yes, the word "nothing" keeps evolving. Until about a hundred years ago
>> "nothing" just meant a vacuum, space empty of any matter; then a few years
>> later the meaning was expanded to include lacking any energy too, then
>> still later it meant also not having space, and then it meant not even
>> having time. Something that is lacking matter energy time and space may not
>> be the purest form of nothing but it is, you must admit, a pretty pitiful
>> "thing", and if science can explain (and someday it very well may be able
>> to) how our world with all it's beautiful complexity came to be from such
>> modest beginnings then that would not be a bad days work, and to call such
>> activities "incredibly shallow" as some on this list have is just idiotic.
>>> *>** N O T H I N G - *is not a set of anything, no potential
>> Then the question "can something come from nothing?" has a obvious and
>> extremely dull answer.
>> > I wrote once a little silly 'ode' about ontology. I started:
>>> "In the beginning there was Nothingness.
>>> And when Nothingness realised it's nothingness
>>> It turned into Somethingness
>> Then your version of nothing had something, the potential to produce
>> something. I also note the use of the word "when", thus time, which is
>> something, existed in your "nothing" universe as well as potential.
>> John K Clark
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