What is Nothing? A Neil deGrasse Tyson Debate

Before you get too far into this posting, I wanted to let you know that it is not industry related. Just something that I found really interesting, but it is science. I have a healthy obsession with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and also with Bill Nye.

In the video below, Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson moderates the world's leading voices in this great scientific debate on the concept of nothing is as old as zero itself. How do we grapple with the concept of nothing? From the best laboratory vacuums on Earth to the vacuum of space to what lies beyond, the idea of nothing continues to intrigue professionals and the public alike.


  • J. Richard Gott: Professor of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, author of Sizing Up the Universe: The Cosmos in Perspective
  • Jim Holt: Science journalist, author of Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story
  • Lawrence Krauss: Professor of Physics, Arizona State University, author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • Charles Seife: Professor of Journalism, New York University, author of Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
  • Eva Silverstein: Professor of Physics, Stanford University, co-editor of Strings, Branes and Gravity

(They have locked the video, so I can't embed it)

Click Here to watch the debate.

I think that Tyson had the best soundbite of the night and it is applicabnlet oour industry. The response is to a question about science v religeon:

There can be alternatives that are not always religious. that's an interesting false dichotomy that's often set up: If it's not this, it must be religious. No: If it's not this, if could be other stuff you haven't thought of yet. You can't assert an asnwer just because it's not something else. That's a false argument that's been made throughout time, and the better scientists that move forward never assume anything just because one thing is wrong.

Just a little light thinking for this Saturday morning. I hope everyone enjoys the great weather today.

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