X-Message-Number: 17945
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 21:22:07 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Something Not Nothing

Yvan Bozzonetti says

>We see some matter here simply because the Universe age is finite and
>gravitation propagates at a finite speed, so the potential negative energy
>has not expanded up to the infinite and can't cancel the positive local mass.

It rather sounds as if you're saying that, given enough time, all the 
particles will find matching antiparticles with appropriate photons and 
mutually annihilate, then space will truly be empty and nothing will exist. 
A corollary would then seem to be that we cannot have immortality, at least 
not unless we find some way to escape the bounds of this universe (some 
possibilities are discussed in my book). Such a doomsday scenario cannot be 
ruled out, but has not been demonstrated either, and our understanding of 
cosmology is clearly in a state of flux. But aside from all this, I 
maintain that something that can develop into our universe, whatever that 
something was or will become, is not simply "nothing."

Mike Perry

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