Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In honor of floccinaucinihilipilfication

There being a discussion of nihil on facebook {who would be surprised ?}, I found this old frenzied essay, product of a midnight fantasy on my hard drive:

     Nature Abhors a Vacuum
      by Gordon Powell 3/18/92

     Nil comprises Nil.  In Nil is Nil and nothing but Nil.  Nil,
as a physical universe, comprises neither space nor time nor
energy nor matter.  Is Nil logically consistent? In other words,
is Nil stable?

     If Nil comprises Nil, Nil is non-empty.  Therefore Nil would
appear to be logically inconsistent with itself.  A condition of
Nil is unstable.  Therefore something exists.

     All is the Universal.  Anything is a member of the
difference between All and Nil.  Both energy and matter are
something, that is they are a definitely specified anything.
Given our conceptions of energy and matter it is difficult to see
how they could exist independently of space and time.   Therefore
space and time are a precondition of energy and matter. 
Therefore given not nil, first we first have at least space and
time, and perhaps other members of Anything but not including
energy and matter.  Thus out of nothingness arises dimension and
place and subsequently time and sequence.   Thus out of Nil,
arises Null. This was the beginning of the Universe.

     Is Null, the empty Universe, logically consistent?  In other
words, is an empty Universe stable?  To have place, reference
points are necessary.   A single reference point is not
sufficient, because a single reference point does not establish
scale or direction.  Therefore the Universe is non-empty.  This
is the beginning of matter. 

     All that exists, exists because of the impossibility of Nil
and Null.  The Creator is Logic, and everthing created is a
theorem, including we ourselves.  There are an infinite number of
theorems and because of the incompleteness theorem, a definite
number of the secondary laws of physics will never suffice to
explain everthing.   It is in this sense that we are eternal and
that there will always be mystery.

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