My posts so far have been about recent events, how they affected me, and why I decided to weblog. The question remains, Why should anyone care?
A good place to start is with the title of the weblog. You might be asking,what’s with “Hidden: The paradox of revealing nothingness” aside from, perhaps, a clever word play? Maybe you get that I am in hiding, something about stealing relics and bad guy physicists, but are not clear if I am revealing nothingness or caught in a paradox where nothingness is the unfortunate consequence. If it’s the first, then you may be unsure how you are supposed to tell when there is a revelation vs. nothingness vs. a revelation about nothingness.
Before we switch on the lights in a panic, I hope you will take a deep breath with me and consider that the dark is nothing to be afraid of. At least not here. You may wish I would turn on the lights and just give you a friendly tour. You may be increasingly uncomfortable, imagining zombies, or hoards of bugs, or death each time I remind you that the lights are out. But turning on the lights would mean deferring to our dominant sense, to “see” a problem that, while not imaginary, can only be solved by evoking our other senses. No matter how many times someone tells you there are no such things as zombies, until you sit in the dark, awake, aware, and alone, and prove it to yourself, you will not be able to answer the more interesting question, Does nothingness have something to reveal?
When it comes to pondering nothingness (metaphorically = darkness), I would equate “using all of your senses” to letting our collective blend of scientific wisdom (wonder), faith and philosophy mingle instead of reflexively evoking a media sound byte understanding of valid debates and concepts.
I have reason to believe that these things – wonder, faith and metaphysical philosophy can be brought together only in darkness. Not darkness in the sense of uncertainty and fear though. Darkness in the sense of potential, of a coherence that, if it exists, is not separate, to be observed, but must be conceived. The place it exists is in the paradox of revealing nothingness.
We are hardly the first to bravely go where I am suggesting I will go. Any of you familiar with lay theologian C.S. Lewis’s “Wood Between the Worlds,” central to his Chronicles of Narnia prequel The Magician’s Nephew, can consider this endeavor a scientific and philosophical application of that spiritual vision. Far, far fewer of you may be familiar yet with the radical doctrine of a 14th century Buddhist monk Dolpopa. It energized, and divided, Tibet’s spiritual development for three centuries. Then in the 17th century, political agendas that eventually led to the re-stabilization of Tibet and its establishment as a theocracy, squashed the rich diversity of doctrines such as Dolpopa’s that had flourished. A potent doctrinal vacuum resulted. I would compare it to the reality crisis sparked this century by the indoctrination of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Not just nothingness but emptiness, nothingness devoid of the possibility of meaning and ruled by uncertainty.
This 5 minute YouTube video “What is theoretical physics for?” is fascinating in relation to what I’m doing here. Youth plus the perceived nothingness that surrounds us, in relation to physics theory, metaphysics and beyond. Check out the funky lighting… he’s barely illuminated in the darkness. Very humble. I like that.
I know I said media perspective is bad, but I meant mainstream media…