Much to say about Nothing

Nothing has occupied my thoughts and feelings for a long time; since the late seventies, thirty-five years is a long time, do you agree? During the years before 2006, I had gathered enough inspiration in short stories and poems to write my first paper on Nothing. It was completed and published on 13th of June, that year, entitled: Kenon, the Science of Absolute Space.

If Nothing is of interest to you, I would highly recommend you read at least the synopsis of Kenon in this blog.  This will provide you with a good basis of understanding of where I come from. And, I don’t want to repeat here, what I wrote there.

Really only very briefly, in essence, it says: “Since the onset of science, the Western world has focused on matter, trying to understand it. Previously, alchemy included much more than matter. This “more” they called witchcraft. They feared it, thus eradicated it with incredible violence. What was their fear about?


Science knows today, matter mainly consists of empty space; about 99.99% (and about 50 or 100 more 9s after the decimal point). I don’t want to fill this page with all nines, 99.99 is close enough.

They are still looking for smaller and smaller particles. Let us built just one more multi-billion cyclotron. Why? Only to prove themselves wrong, when they discover yet another smaller particle to give it another silly name.

Sounds like occupational therapy to me. What do they want to prove? If one looks for any anything, why look in the 0.000…0001%? Would it not be more sensible, logical to look in the 99.99%?   99.99% is almost everything. Some just love searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

The answer will not be revealed once the needle is found, the answer is the haystack.

Allow me to remind you:

‘The hydrogen atom consists of one proton in the centre and one electron shoots around it so fast, it creates a sphere encompassing 1,000 million millions times more space than matter.’

Those numbers are hard to imagine. Since it is significant to feel the vastness, allow me to repeat a story:

“Imagine the proton to be the size of a tennis ball, then, proportionally upsized, the electron would have the size of the head of a needle (not the glass head, the small metal head). When you put the proton in one corner of a soccer field, the electron would be located in the diagonally opposite corner.”


Two and a half thousand years ago, Mister Democritus, Greek, described:

“Nothing else exists, except atomos and kenon; everything else is opinion.”

The word atomos means indivisible, and kenon means endless, unbordered, empty space.

These old Greek fellows excite me, every time when I think or hear of them. They derived all this inside their head… supported by inspirations, I assume strongly.

Democritus – as envisaged early 1700

As it is evident, scientists misused the word atomos, or atom, only about one hundred and a bit years ago.   They gave the name atom to something that they thought at the time was the smallest particle, the indivisible. By now everyone knows, they were incorrect.

This happens when one uses a word, ignoring its meaning. When you attach it to something physical when it is meant to be a thought or feeling or an inkling. However, when I hear the names scientists give to newly discovered particles, I must question their sincerity.


The words of Democritus are still correct today: “Nothing exists, except the indivisible, atomos and the endless, empty space, kenon.”   I would like to add, he used the word kenon and not the usual Greek word for nothing > nihilo (see nihilist). Kenon includes the connotation of absolute, which does not exist in the material world. Nihilo includes the comment: “As far as I can see.”

I like to say it this way: “There is space… with minute, tiny bits of something scarcely sprinkled into it.” Like a metal pinhead in the middle of four soccer fields and four tennis balls at each outside corner…a ratio much less than the famous pin in the haystack.


I believe, the reason for scientists not looking for solutions in the 99.99% is, because they call it nothing, which is a gross understatement.  Nothing is infinitely vast, it cannot be seen in its entirety.  The Latin word nihilo (as far as they can see) describes more accurately what they mean.  They arrogantly say: “How stupid would it be to look for something in nothing. In nothing cannot be anything.”

Calling kenon nothing is as childish as calling an atom indivisible. We know, the latter is wrong, but we still cling to calling the space in between nothing. Why? Because we cannot see or measure anything in this space. Really? Why do we insist? We know, there is an electromagnetic field in there as well a gravity field.

Why do they (scientists) ignore them? Ultimately, we don’t know what these fields are made off. Is it the same fear they had five hundred years ago?

Do radio waves exist? Hundred years ago we had no instruments to sense them. Does this mean, they did not exist? For sure, not.

Allow me to postulate: There is much in Nothing. Just because humans on this tiny planet have not worked it out yet, does not mean anything. Indeed, it does not establish the non-existence of something in nothing.

Kenon is empty, entirely empty.

About Everything

Sometimes, during my inside travels, I heard from the outside expressions like: “Everything is vibration … all is energy …all there is, is love, la la la la laa… as the Beatles sang” This all touched me, however, even I was and still am a Hippie, it never made sense to me. I “let it be (Beatles)” in my Hippie mind.

Some of us have the insatiable need to explain everything. We have no idea about what gravity is, or magnetism, not even electricity. Still, we use those unknown forces, trying to explain other unknown phenomena. Thus, we create an increasing illusion of knowing founded on not knowing.

Socrates has openly declared that he knows nothing (and therefore knows more than all others) and Dr Faust explained the same to Mephistopheles. Later Dr Faust asked the devil to let him see the cause of all. For this Faust signed over his soul to the devil.

The difference is, Socrates was a thinker, who was spiritually prepared to accept his finding. Dr Faust, the doctor, lived at the time when alchemy and science coexisted. At the end of his life, he was torn and confused because he wanted to reason alchemy, while science had not established enough intellectual substance to create the illusion of knowing and stability. Poor devil.


The make-up of the world had been of deep interest to me as far as I can think back. Since I live in a world of substance, my thoughts and feelings revolved around matter and material.

My early meeting with nothing, during lectures of nuclear science, rather irritated me and I kept it at a distance. Ingeneering was waiting for me and filled with excitement that matter can provide and I delved into it.

About Kenon

Over the last two or three years, the idea, thought or feeling of kenon has come up for me more frequently. The experiences and feelings of being within it, with almost a sense of dissolving have become more intense and prolonged. This expressed itself in me writing about it more often.


Wolfgang Köhler
09 June 2015

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My article Journey to Kenon introduces you to the progression of insights, which lead me to the space where I am now.  Where am I now?  You are allowed to start at the end of the list; however, there is the possibility you may get a bit confused.

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