COULD SOMETHINGNESS BE A FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF THE UNIVERSE?
Tracing back through history, we encounter the struggles of philosophers, theologians, and scientists in attempting to grasp the essence of “nothingness” or absolute non-existence. Thought experiments designed to conjure a genuine void or state of nothingness inevitably falter, yielding instead notions of vacant space, vacuum states, or conceptual abstractions that inherently hinge on the existence of something.
The frontiers of modern physics and cosmology have unveiled a remarkable truth — what was once perceived as “empty” space is, in fact, a quantum vacuum state pulsating with innate fluctuations and energies. These revelations set the stage for a profound proposition that fuses philosophical exploration with the tenets of physics: the formulation of a new fundamental law of the universe — the “Somethingness Law”. This law posits that somethingness stands as an irreducible facet of reality, rendering absolute nothingness an impossibility. Everywhere we look, we see something, so the logical conclusion should be that nothingness doesn’t exist.
This is part of my postgrad work, but it’s just something I’m doing for a bit of personal pondering. Whether it evolves into a more substantial pursuit remains uncertain; only time will unveil its trajectory.
There can be no complete nullification or void. By “nothingness”, I refer to a hypothesized complete absence of any something, any existence, matter, quantum field, or information. Thought experiments trying to reach absolute nothingness by removing all matter, particles, fields, space, time, abstract concepts, etc. fail because they rely on the conceptualisation and action of an observer or entity doing the removing. To speak of removing everything already assumes some existing framework or entity with causal power.
Therefore, the Somethingness Law reflects the apparent fact that total nonexistence is an impossibility. Some form of existence is fundamental, whether physical, informational, probabilistic, or conceptual. Further evidence and implications will be explored and especially with the likes of fractals and fractal-like geometry.
Other scientific pondering also suggests somethingness like the multiverse theory that speculates that our universe may be one of many, potentially infinite universes that comprise a larger multiverse system. Different universes may operate under completely different laws of physics and manifestations of reality.
Within such a vast multiverse, there may always be some universe that has something rather than absolute nothingness. Even if individual universes go through cycles of creation and destruction, or exhibit different physical laws, the totality of the multiverse could guarantee somethingness persists eternally across its infinite ensemble of universes.
In this way, the theoretical framework of a potentially limitless multiverse always generating new universes could account for the observed truth of the Somethingness Law in our local universe. The multiverse hypothesis provides a potential mechanism for the irreducible nature of somethingness.
The 1st law of thermodynamics holds that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Conserving a quantity of existence implies existence itself is eternal. Furthermore, the existence of fractals indicates self-similarity and information is inherent across all scales of reality. The 1st law of thermodynamics and fractals serve as the two main things to consider, rather than focusing on something fringe like the multiverse.
The three main things to consider for this Somethingness Law is the 1st law of thermodynamics and also quantum fluctuations & the existence of spacetime at heat death.