“Is there a void outside of existence? A place where nothing exists, anything that enters it ceases to exists everywhere at every point in time, where there is nothing but emptiness, and total ontological negation?”
Firstly, can a perfect void/oblivion even exist? An appropriate analogous question might be, “are there any perfect triangles/circles in the universe?”. It seems the answer to that is no.
Furthermore, the colloquial “nothing”, or a perfect void, shouldn’t plausibly be able to take up space. If a perfect void existed somewhere in the universe and had a location, the voided space would theoretically have to have some properties assigned to it. Namely, it stays in place, or is expanding or collapsing; it transports, creates or eliminates matter inside or around its horizon; light can or cannot pass through it; its horizon has a shape, etc. I’m no physicist, but it seems that anything that exists must have properties, and thus anything that doesn’t have properties can’t exist.
I will keep updating this page periodically. I will not post any Einstein quotes in here which I have not personally checked myself. And by ‘checked’, I mean, I have opened a book, a pdf, checked a video etc to confirm beyond a reasonable doubt that this or that quote is accurate. I’m very tired of searching crackpot quote websites which are completely unreliable. Also note: the views or opinions in these quotes do not necessarily reflect my own. Thanks for viewing.
“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
“What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow-creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
“I maintain that cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest incitement to scientific research.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
“This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of the herd nature, the military system, which I abhor. That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. He has only been given his big brain by mistake; a backbone was all he needed. This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that does by the name of patriotism–how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business. And yet so high, in spite of everything, is my opinion of the human race that I believe this bogey would have disappeared long ago, had the sound sense of the nations not been systematically corrupted by commercial and political interests acting through the schools and the Press.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
“I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
“[On the anthropomorphic character of many people’s conception of God.] Only individuals of exceptional endowments and exceptionally high-minded communities, as a general rule, get in any real sense beyond this level.” – Albert Einstein, “The World As I See It”
A friend asked me about the NASA budget and the money our nation and other nations spend on exploring and studying space. Space missions aren’t just for kicks, they aren’t just for probing our neighboring planets or for contacting little green men, they’re done in efforts to enhance life, and to help us one day escape inevitable extinction event(s) awaiting Earth. Few exposit the fundamentals of the sciences, space exploration and skepticism like renowned science popularizer and astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, so I’ve posted videos of his views on the NASA budget below.
See Neil deGrasse Tyson explain the NASA budget
Note: In 2013, scientists predicted that Earth will continue to be habitable 1.75 to 3.25 billion years. Yet global warming could lead to disastrous climate change by 2100.
last updated 2015/7/24
William Lane Craig is respected in the Christian Apologetics community and is well known to anyone who follows debates on the existence of a god. Here are his top 5 arguments and my annotations to them in red.
1. “Everything that exists has an explanation of its existence, either in the necessity of its own nature or in an external cause.” Premise one may already be an assertion. It may be a false dichotomy which states that everything that exists must have either come into existence by an external force/cause, or it exists through the very necessity of its own nature.