Emptiness, Void and Space

ReferenceA Logical Approach to Theoretical Physics

In the East, void is defined as “emptiness”, which is the absence of all phenomena. In the West, however, “void” seems to be related primarily to the absence of physical phenomenon.



From the Eastern viewpoint, emptiness is the absence of all phenomena, whether real or imagined. This includes phenomena, such as, birth, death, being, non-being, increasing, decreasing, purity and defilement. These concepts apply to both physical and metaphysical phenomena.

The viewpoint of emptiness is just that. It is totally fresh. It is completely clean. There are no preconceived notions, no fixed ideas, no bias, etc. In short, the concept of emptiness is not viewed through any filters. It is simply what it is.

From a scientific viewpoint, this is the ultimate reference point from which all physical and metaphysical phenomena is perceived objectively. Emptiness has that property of being inherently understood because it denotes the absence of all phenomena. From this reference point it is possible to give an objective meaning to any phenomena. Emptiness is like the zero of a scale of phenomena. Emptiness itself is not a phenomenon, just like zero is not a value.

Emptiness is the ultimate reference point from which all phenomena can be understood objectively without any preconceived notion.


Void and Space

When astronomers look up at the heavens, they are basically considering physical phenomenon. They regard those regions of heaven as void where they cannot detect any physical phenomenon. Therefore, void is a narrow version of emptiness.

Physics is basically concerned with void and the physical phenomenon. The definition of physical phenomena extends to describing all physical aspects of the universe, such as, matter, energy, space and time. The physical phenomena, however, seem to center around the concept of matter.

Space is defined as absence of matter, where matter is thought of as made of solid atoms. The atom, however, is not completely solid. It is said to be over 99.99% space with a speck of solid nucleus in the center. But that space in atom consists of electron, electromagnetic and force fields. We may categorize these fields as non-atomic substances.

Space, as vacuum, may be free of atomic substance, but it is certainly not free of non-atomic fields. In general,

Space and fields are not differentiated from each other.


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