You don't have to be a Platonist to accept that space is not substantial. 
To me, space is attenuation of sensitivity. What looks like space to us is 
the result of our body's relation to other bodies of similar scale.

Even if adding mass made something 'physical', there is nothing 
non-physical about the Higgs (as it is defined) that would account for 
awareness or connection to awareness.

On Friday, October 25, 2013 9:13:30 AM UTC-4, Roger Clough wrote:
>  Leibniz gave some plausible arguments that space is
> not substantial, is just mathematical, but you have to be a platonist
> to accept that. 
> Platonism suggests that there is a nonphysical realm outside of
> spacetime, which includes this geometry, life, intelligence. and mind as 
> well. 
> That being the case. and since particles with mass are physical,
> the Higgs bosons might be, by adding mass, that which
> converts the nonphysical to the physical. 

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