posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 10:37 PM
Originally posted by Agree2Disagree
reply to post by googolplex
so..."nothing" is only conceptually "something"...correct?
is "nonexisence" conceptually "existence"?
is "nonbelief" conceptually "belief"?
edit to add: these questions are open to anyone...
From a mathematical standpoint it's easiest to see 0 as representing:
A ≠ A
Put another way, what number doesn't represent itself? There are two "numbers" that somewhat fit this description. Infinity isn't a discrete value
and because of this takes on the following form:
Complex ∞ ≠ Directed ∞
Likewise nothingness isn't nothing it's actually the culmination of both the positive and the negative (i.e. 3 + 0 = 3 - 0 ⇒ 3 = 3 because 0 has
inside it the notion of both positive and negative allowing for cancellation). If you have a hard time understanding this consider: a + b = a - b ⇒
2b = (a - a) ⇒ 2 = (a - a) / b; where b = 0! So we can see dividing 0 by itself gives us the + & - components (or 2).
0 (as nothingness) ≠ 0 (as the summation of + & -)
Put another way 0 as representing abstract nothing is different from actual nothing (+ & - summed).
Now the reason I say all this is because it's easiest to understand all of these ideas of nothingness and somethingness when we view it as a
For instance ask a schooled philosopher, "What is the opposite of love?" 9 times out of 10 the answer will be apathy. Ask an average person off the
street and you'll get, "Hate." Who's right?
Apathy is the absence of love or hate. Love is a passion (i.e. 1), and can only be countered by a passion from the opposite end of the spectrum, that
is hate (i.e. -1). Apathy is that point in the middle (or 0 as representing the summation). Another possibility that's commonly ignored is the idea
of not even having a feeling towards the situation because none has been created yet. This is clearly different from apathy, but also represents 0 (as
[edit on 23-12-2009 by Xtraeme]