Aristotle filled the void with an invisible ether, Torricelli killed it, and Higgs has gone some way to bringing it back. The will to nothingness is the path away from meaning for Nietzsche, but the path toward meaning for the Buddhist. Some formalist approaches to mathematics define zero as a foundational symbol, while Gödel used zero to undermine formalism itself.
Our relationship with nothing is complex, contradictory, and essential. It is that shape in the corner of our vision, defining the boundaries of things but never quite in focus. What then, is it? Is it simply a construct of the human imagination, a symbol under a line in our ledgers, or is it as real as the worlds it surrounds?
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