I’m trying my best to stay positive and be happy but I’ve given away so many pieces of myself to other people that when it’s 4 A.M. and I’m alone there’s not a piece of me left. I’m just an empty skeleton covered with skin and filled with absolutely nothing but numbness.
The emptiness of the universe: This is the kind of stuff that the early pioneers of quantum mechanics believed in. In the 1920s, researchers thought that emptiness–an absence of stuff–is what quantum mechanics was talking about. Arthur Eddington’s “The Two Tables” is a really nice treatment of the subject. In this piece, Eddington essentially argues that there are two tables: First, there is the table of everyday experience. It is comparatively permanent, it is coloured, and (above all) it is substantial. Second, there is the table of science: it is mostly emptiness with numerous, sparsely-scattered electric charges rushing about with great speed.