Back to Nothing
I can’t believe how long it is since I last posted a blog here. I did feel that some time had passed – but 18 months? Tempus fugit. It sounds better in Latin to disguise that I have been remiss.
The problem with writing blogs is that it takes away from other things that [...]
Was there always something?
This is another question that was asked after one of my talks. I suppose I had it coming, considering what I had been saying till then. After all, an eternal something is the conclusion that one would come to after my forthright position that something cannot come from nothing.
The reason I got to [...]
A personal look at nothing. Or what has nothing done for me?
“Did your research into ‘nothing’ make any difference to you personally? Did it affect you and the way you think?”
That was one of the questions at the end of my talk in Westminster Library, and it stopped me in my tracks. Unlike all the other questions, not only was this personal but it was, strangely, one I [...]
Is it possible to think of nothing?
One of the points I have the most difficulty getting across in my talks is that it is impossible to think of nothing. For some reason, resistance to accepting this is strong. What do I say to those who insist that not only is it possible to think of nothing, but that they can and have done so?
Is “nothing” something?
In my recent round of talks about “nothing” in the UK and Ireland, the best part, invariably lively, was the Q & A session after each. It was when I could clarify – or attempt to clarify – points that I had mentioned in the talk, or ideas that people had thought of while I [...]
People are everything, even for “nothing”
Finally home after three weeks of talking about “nothing” in England and Ireland, I can now reflect on my experiences.
I would have liked to write a live blog, as was my intention; but all good intentions aside, it was impossible to even begin. What with each day filled with the train or the car [...]
Nothing to think about
In the Virtual Muser, a very lively forum on Facebook, I was addressed by Deborah Greene Bershatsky, an active and highly articulate member, who posted: ”My thoughts after reading your book are that we know nothing about nothing because there is nothing to know.”
The remark stopped me in my tracks. I am not usually [...]
Beginnings and endings
Looking out of the window a few minutes ago – I’m not doing it at this moment, typing this – a banal thought hit me: everything that I am looking at began at some time and will end at some time.
[I just paused to look out again...]
It’s a lovely day, actually. I [...]
When and Why
Having just come back from a UK book tour, I can sort of relax till the next one in February. OK, it’s not really relaxing. After all, I continue answering a growing number of emails dealing with all aspects of nothing; and since I am not yet in the position to not answer (or [...]
Expanding into what?
The Nobel prize for Physics has just been awarded to Adam Riess and two other astrophysicists for proof that the universe is not only expanding, but that this is accelerating, i.e. the universe is expanding faster and faster as time goes on. The most likely reason: a mysterious cosmic force known as dark energy.
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