On 31 Oct 2013, at 03:19, meekerdb wrote:

On 10/30/2013 6:53 PM, LizR wrote:
On 31 October 2013 14:46, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 8:00:58 PM UTC-4, Liz R wrote:
This is one of the "big questions" along with "something rather than nothing" etc.

That one is easy. Nothing cannot exist. Nothing is an idea that something has about the absence of everything.

Buddhists, Bruno and Max Tegmark would perhaps beg to differ - they would claim that nothing exists except for abstract entities, and that the existence of those causes the appearance of something else existing.

Nothing: Nothing is an awe-inspiring yet essentially undigested
concept, highly esteemed by writers of a mystical or
existentialist tendency, but by most others regarded with
anxiety, nausea, or panic.
      --- The Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"What is there?  Everything! So what isn't there?  Nothing!"
         --- Norm Levitt, after W. V. O. Quine

"In the beginning there was nothing. And the Lord said,
'Let there be light.' and there was still nothing, but now
you could see it."
        --- Terry Pratchet

"The reason that there is Something rather than Nothing is that
Nothing is unstable."
      -- Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, phyiscs 2004

The universe is just nothing, rearranged.
    --- Yonatan Fishman


Nothing and everything are epistemologically at the same level of difficulty to define. "No" and "every" is easy. the difficulty is in defining or choosing the elementary "thing". Comp implies that any term of a Turing complete theory will do, like natural numbers, combinators, real-waves, etc.

Bruno





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