Inspired by reading Nothing Matters and fueled by a long fascination with trying to comprehend the incomprehensible and imagine the unimaginable, I thought I'd start a thread about nothing and see what you all think about it. I'm posting it here because nothing crosses all the boundaries of human interest, from art to religion, from philosophy to mathematics.
From Nothing Matters: A Book About Nothing, "Disarmingly invisible, the point of nothing, to paraphrase Bertrand Russell on philosophy-is to start with something so simple as to seem not worth examining, and to end up with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."
There was a time in human history before nothing, at least mathematically. It was the Arabs, after conquering India, who introduced the zero to the world. Prior to that we had no way to indicate nothing numerically. Nothing fares no better in philosophy and science. Both fields were initially averse to accepting the notion of nothing and to this day quarrel over its substance and affect on our reality.
Is there a state of being in which there is nothing? Does nothing exist in reality or is it simply a philosophical construct? Is nothing something, or is it nothing? It should be obvious how paradoxical it can become to discuss nothing as if it were something, and if it is something, what is it?
I'm sure we can have some fun with this, but I'd also like to seriously explore our concepts of nothing and our attitudes toward it.
So what do you think about nothing?