Ever feel like nothing?  

Pheonix_Dragon 105G
189 posts
7/28/2006 9:58 am

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Ever feel like nothing?

pron.
No thing; not anything: The box contained nothing. I've heard nothing about it.
No part; no portion: Nothing remains of the old house but the cellar hole.
One of no consequence, significance, or interest: The new nonsmoking policy is nothing to me.

n.
Something that has no existence.
Something that has no quantitative value; zero: a score of two to nothing.
One that has no substance or importance; a nonentity: “A nothing is a dreadful thing to hold onto” (Edna O'Brien).

adj.
Insignificant or worthless: “the utterly nothing role of a wealthy suitor” (Bosley Crowther).

adv.
In no way or degree; not at all: She looks nothing like her sister.

Nothing is the lack or absence of anything. "Nothing" and "zero" are closely related but not identical concepts. The term "nothing" is rarely used mathematically, though it could be said that a set contains nothing if and only if it is the empty set, in which case its cardinality (or size) is zero. Nothing differs from zero in the way that zero is something, a finite amount which is defined. While nothing overlaps the quantity zero, in the way that it also is, when finitely defined, zero, it differs in the way that it has no specific basis like zero does in numbers.

If looked at philosophically, the concept of "nothing" can have many interpretations. In fact, people can even state that nothing does not exist. You cannot sense, see, feel, or think nothing. There is no contact with nothing. Nothing is where everything isn't. Visualizing "nothing" would make "something". It could be seen as a physical void or as just a word which only has meaning when used to describe a relationship between different "somethings". There is no "right" or "wrong" in the interpretation of the word "nothing". Everyone is entitled to their own ideas and interpretations.

The concept of "nothing" has been studied throughout history by philosophers and theologians; many have found that careful consideration of the notion can easily lead to the logical fallacy of reification. The understanding of "nothing" varies widely between cultures, especially between Western and Eastern cultures and philosophical traditions, though existentialism, and in particular Heidegger have brought the understandings closer together.

Informally, a person, event or object might be said to be nothing if particularly unimpressive.

Have you ever felt like nothing? Ever had sex or been in a relationship that meant nothing? How can you feel indifference towards anything? Doesn't everything make you feel something?

What is greater than God,
More evil than the Devil,
The poor have it,
The rich need it,
And if you eat it, you'll die?

Nothing.


lissi888888 52F
1401 posts
7/28/2006 12:15 pm

Felt like nothing...hmmmm. By definition...I haven't felt like nothing.

But if you look at the colloquialism "felt like nothing" then that...I have felt. There is a drastic difference between what words mean and what they come to mean through conversation with others. But I do like your line of thought...made me smile

Lis


rm_connor696 60M
834 posts
7/28/2006 2:10 pm

Ah, the cardinality of the null set--it's at least as weird as the cardinality of the set of, say, natural numbers (with apologies to Georg Cantor). After all, every set has itself as a subset, so the null set can't be empty in that sense.

I guess I tend to avoid reifying the concept by seeing it as an infinite negative result of some unambiguously specifiable procedure: Do X and you won't get A, or B, or C, or . . . That is, procedure X leads to nothing. But maybe I've been corrupted by Wittgenstein.

Interesting to see this post here at AdultFriendFinder. Next week I'll expect your solution to the problem of being!


florallei 99F

7/29/2006 2:57 pm

Hey Phoenix D,

So what are you a Professor of Philosophy or Life? Unusual blog around here. I like it. I will have the use of my handy dandy dictionary to make things clear as mud, wha'd ya' think?
flo


florallei 99F

7/29/2006 2:59 pm

BTW gang, use the response so we know as your visitors you have responded and we find your blog again...did that make sense? hope so!
flo
P.S. Happy blogging...warning...very very addictive!


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