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Jose Edwards
Jose Edwards

Nothing Around Us


As you create more awareness around the labels that are associated with you, turn them on their head, and try to look at themes instead. Challenge the labels: What do they mean? Why? How did the circumstances around you lead to that label?




Nothing Around Us



Atoms are constantly in motion all around us; in the air we breathe, primarily made up of nitrogen and oxygen, in particles of dust, bacteria, water vapor, and trace gases of other elements including argon, methane, and carbon dioxide.


Nothing has been around for a long time. As far back as the Babylonians, mathematicians have expressed the idea of nothing in terms of a symbol, says Steve Gonek, a professor of mathematics at Rochester, who studies analytic number theory and teaches a course called The Infinite. Yet the idea of using zero as a number to express nothing is relatively new; neither the Babylonians nor the ancient Greeks and Romans used zero in this way.


Many pre-Newtonian scientists, such as René Descartes, agreed a vacuum was impossible, even incoherent; Descartes argued, for example, that if there were really nothing in between two walls of a vacuum chamber, those walls would be touching each other. Later, Newton upended this notion, saying there was an absolute space, with places that physical stuff might occupy or leave empty. For several centuries after Newton, scientists like 19th-century Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell continued to argue that there must be some kind of ether filling space, in which, for example, light rays could travel. This, too, was eventually rejected, and replaced with the concept of an electromagnetic field.


By removing atoms. Atoms in a gas at room temperature move at approximately 400 meters per second, or about the speed of a passenger airplane. In order to remove atoms and artificially create a space that is close to nothing, Bigelow and his PhD students Joe Murphree and Maitreyi Jayaseelan use various suction pumps, beginning with a pump like the one you might use to deflate an air mattress and ultimately progressing to a turbo pump with spinning blades.


Remember our little O-ring that we started off talking about? Proved to be very significant in the case of the Challenger launch. It would be a tragedy if we turned out to be good for nothing and lost our distinctiveness as members in the family of God; or if we hid our light under a bushel basket;


But while we intuitively categorize the creatures around us into species, the reality is often messy. In the process of evolution, populations of organisms are separated from others, either in space or in habit. Small variations accumulate in these populations, by chance or because they bestow some advantage, until eventually what was one species has become two. The cumulative nature of this process means that species exist on a continuum, with some creatures more distinct from one another, others less so.


There have long been hints that this heavy reliance on a single line of evidence might be blinding us to some of the creatures around us. Charles Darwin, for instance, pointed to a group of European wrens that are almost physically identical but easily differentiated by their calls, nests, and feeding habits. The trouble was that while taxonomists could, with relative ease, sort creatures based on physical appearance using preserved specimens in their labs, gathering other lines of evidence required extensive observation in the field.


A well known exponent of this view was Plato, a philosopher in ancient Greece (428-347 B.C.). Plato believed that the physical world around us is not real; it is constantly changing and thus you can never say what it really is. There is a world of ideas which is a world of unchanging and absolute truth. This is reality for Plato. Does such a world exist independent of human minds? Plato thought it did, and whenever we grasp an idea, or see something with our mind's eye, we are using our mind to conceive of something in the ideal world. There are a number of proofs of this ideal world. The concepts of geometry, such as the concept of a circle, which is a line equidistant from a point, is something which does not exist in the physical world. All physical circles, such as wheels, drawings, etc. are not perfectly round. Yet our mind has the concept of a perfect circle. Since this concept could not come from the physical world, it must come from an ideal world. Another proof is that from moral perfection. We can conceive of a morally perfect person, even though the people we know around us are not morally perfect. So where does someone get this idea of moral perfection? Since it could not have been obtained from the world around us, it must have come from an ideal world. Platonism has been an extremely influential philosophy down through the centuries.- Omonia Vinieris (2002)


A persistent feeling that nothing makes you happy could also arise from an underlying medical condition or a sudden shift in your usual lifestyle. For example, those who spend more time indoors are likely to be deficient in vitamin D, which is associated with poor mood, depression and other mental disorders.


Furthermore, engaging in physical activity will also help combat that 'nothing makes me happy' feeling by releasing endorphins, a type of 'happiness hormone' which can boost our stress management abilities.


While intimate connections and close ties are important, even weak ties can impact us positively by providing stimulation and a fresh perspective, as researcher Karen Fingerman points out. Connecting with random strangers during the pandemic can help you and others feel less lonely and isolated, making the world around feel like a better place.


I have been numb so long, I forget what is like to feel anything but tired. There is no purpose to life, there never was and never will be. People prove daily that there is no true connections, no real motive except narcissism from people trying to profit off of others while pretending to care about them. If you need proof of this just wait until someone dies and watch those that are supposed to care about each other turn into their true inner selves....evil selfish narcissists.The whole human race is nothing but a parasite feeding off of each other and destroying the planet that makes our existence possible. We will destroy ourselves, so why wait?


Looking at art from the past contributes to who we are as people. By looking at what has been done before, we gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel, and view the world around us.


Those who saw the Jedi defeated during the Clone Wars likely have a harder time believing in the effectiveness of the Force, and I think Grand Moff Tarkin was in that camp by the time A New Hope rolled around. He doubted Darth Vader's instincts about Obi-Wan still being alive, and Vader had to point out the value and reach of the Force to him.


Scientists have argued for decades about how smart the screener is. Some believe it is a simpleton, able to detect basic sensory characteristics like light, color, and motion, but not able to read words for meaning or recognize what a picture is. If this view is right, it would be easy to break the screener down into simpler parts and understand it because it would be doing nothing more sophisticated than your digital camera. But the simpleton hypothesis cannot explain selective selectivity. It cannot explain why some events become visible or invisible based on what they mean to you. This trick requires a smarter screener. 041b061a72


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