Jan. 29th, 2007

Leading biologist says you are nothing. And so is the guy next to you.

Oxford university professor and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, points out that if our conception of the atom is correct, 99% of the things we touch are not really solid at all.

Take a look at the image again. The "space" an atom takes up is mostly empty.  Not only that, points out Dawkins, but electrons are so widely spaced that they are more  accurately thought of as flies buzzing around football stadiums. 

Our perception that objects are solid is therefore a figment of our imagination and does not conform to how things really, well, are. 

There. We really can walk through walls. Its just a matter of reordering how we see things. Hey don’t take my word for it. Listen to the Ted podcast "Queerer than we suppose".

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