95 percent of an atom is emptiness. And we can all agree that everything is made up of atoms. Therefore everything we know of, including our selfs, is 5 percent something and 95 percent is nothing. We are practically nonexistent.
Jarosuper Jarosuper
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27 Responses Dec 10, 2013

There for there is no self. Well said

The whole "emptiness" thing in regard to individual atoms is a very interesting subject to ponder.
Perhaps it is the "dark-matter" astronomers theorize when attempting to explain the "missing mass" of the big-bang.
Maybe the dark matter/dark energy theory holds true regarding the "glue" that holds atoms together.
I also love "weird facts" that are out there.
As we continue to learn more facts about the world around
us, I am confident that we will find many of them to be weird. At least I hope so!

wow. I was learning about atoms in class and knew this but for some reason, when put so plain and simple, and just out there it is very eye opening

What we are made up of is more complicated than the space between an atom's electrons and it's nucleus. Factor in the varying strengths of molecular bonds, the particular ionic properties of compounds, the nuclear stability of different elements, and so on. The reactions that have happened in the universe have caused complex organisms to be constructed from matter, a truly remarkable feat of nature's engineering. It has culminated in the existence of us. Is the human race slowly undermining the processes which sustain us and brought us into being? In my view, it is.

I'm in with 95% energy and 5% unidentified particulate and moisture.

What makes up an atom?
The truth is there isn't any such thing. Everything is electrons-ie electro magnetic. Look up into the sky. You can see energies about us. This is the pathway
to communication. Let the message imbed into it and wait a sec,minute or how ever it gets to you. It gets better when you do this.


We are 95% energy my friend.

Now, while you may call it 95% empty, what if that is where all the non-physical stuff fitted in to? Consider how the atom maintains its state (its energy); well, what is that energy and where does it reside -- it's within the atom but where? I say the 95% is everythings' power source.

Everything has seven levels, so instead of saying it's 5% full, let's imagine it rather to be 14.28% full. That leaves 85.72% empty space! i.e. 100 divide by 7.

Let's give each of the seven dimensions an equal portion of 100% (which is not true, but to explore let's imagine that for a moment). The rabbit hole goes even deeper.

Level 1: physical -- what science can see full stop
Level 2: etheric, astral or ghost level -- quantum physics (the parallel universe)
Level 3: electrical or energy level -- what drives each atom
Level 4: instinct level -- basic levels of operation
Level 5: Intellect level -- where everything is able to think for itself (it's alive!)
Level 6: Spirit mind -- comprehension of the non-physical (our connection to God)
Level 7: Spirit -- the source of everything -- God

Now you choose what percentage you want to give to the remaining 95% of your atom by giving it another six portions of what science calls 'an atom'

Similarly the Universe is mostly empty space, only about 0.0000000000000000000042 percent of the universe contains any matter, whose atoms have empty space between their electrons and nuclei as well. So everything on Earth, all (known) life, all humans, and all history exist here, with the empty space within our atoms and the empty space within our Universe. Definitely puts it into perspective.

Similarly the Universe is mostly empty space, only about 0.0000000000000000000042 percent of the universe contains any matter, whose atoms have empty space between their electrons and nuclei as well. So everything on Earth, all (known) life, all humans, and all history exist here, with the empty space within our atoms and the empty space within our Universe. Definitely puts it into perspective.

Such is our present scientific theory. Perhaps the future will contradict this. I've met some mighty dense people in my time.

It's really more staggering than that. Taking the size of the outer electron shell versus the size of the nucleus, the atom is 99.9999999999999 empty space. If we consider a hydrogen atom, its nucleus consists of 3 quarks, which like electrons are point particles. They acquire a certain "diameter" only because quantum mechanics requires they never contact one another, but maintain a specific distance apart, just as electrons stay in their orbital shells and never collapse into the nucleus. So in that light, everything in the universe is empty space and the forces controlling the fundamental particles are all that give the impression of solidity. Read more: http://www.physicsforums.com

The standard hydrogen atom just has one proton and one electron. No neutron. So I saw no need to mention what it is the 3 quarks comprise. But thanks for the definition for those who don't know that.

I do not agree that everything is made up of atoms - even considering physical things as we see them, it is a most inaccurate statement that is beyond absurd in how easy it is to refute with our own eyes at every moment. The very thing that our eyes react to which our brain records the electrochemical responses generated, and which our mind arranges, as our spirit evaluates and finds the beautiful simplicity of so that we can make "sense" of such sensations - is LIGHT - which most definitely is NOT made of atoms. And there are of course many other examples of things that are not atoms or made of atoms, including atoms themselves, which are not made of atoms, but are in fact combinations of electrons, protons, and usually neutrons. Secondly, there is consciousness, which is clearly not physical though connected and responsive to it - it is not an illusion, for if so, to what is it an illusion, to the thing that is itself an illusion? No, quite clearly, our world is not so simple.

Secondly, since light is EVERYWHERE, and there are many other things such as neutrinos that exist within the space of "nothing" you refer to, even the "95%" is completely incorrect, in fact, you cannot go anywhere there is nothing without leaving everything - because even gravity is something, even anti-gravity would be something if it does exist, and space itself, as you might have learned from Brian Greene is quite a bit more than "nothing".

On top of that, if in fact there is a space of 95% that has nothing in it, then that space is indeed nothing - no thing at all, and thus the thing or things that ARE something are occupying the rest of the space, and that space filled by things is 100% filled by something, and thus, EVERY THING is 100% NOT "nothing".

Perhaps you are right about SOME thing though, maybe 95% of space is not filled by atoms... close enough? (I don't really think so.)

Yes, despite some the responses to the contrary it is correct.

Many of the response you have received are correct. There is another factor which I may have missed. The exact position of the electrons of an atom, can not be determined. There is a finite probability that a particular electron may exist on the far side of the moon for a short time.

Another fact is that as the universe expands, time is created or the clock continues to tick. This is what is filling up time.

If the space between atoms were really empty, we could pass right through object without a single collision. No, I don't think it is empty.

We take all the fun away, sorry.

Excellent consideration - so that in actual fact, everything has a quantum probability that covers everywhere. lol

There's a lot more to atoms then just protons neutrons and electrons they are all made up of quarks and gluons

Such concepts are generate by models of the atom. The theory of Bohr atoms might be wrong. Is empty space a volume with nothing in it? Then what is nothing? Nothing can't be measured so we don't know if it's there or not.

It really isn't nothing, but missing quantities. Dark matter & dark energy. Those seem to act different from matter as we know it. If it is opposite, then everything heads into it, unlike light, as we know it. That means that 95% of all of us sucks. Stay clear of raw eggs.

I'm going onto a limb here, but have you ever considered how much space it takes to hold all the other universes we cannot see. String theory says eleven, but why are we limited?

This is dark matter, but we don't really know what dark matter means except we can't see it. Is it my other self doing all I am not able to do in this life because I am limited to my choices and their consequences.

So you think you are weird. I wonder if my other selves ever do things in that dark area that affect my life. Is this why I have these strange things happen and there is no explanation in this life? I think this possible. So that 95% which you call nothing might be quite a bit.

A conclusion brought about by ignorance of something is only a guess at best and probably totally wrong at it's worst.

I think a conclusion brought about by ignorance is a guess no matter what. And if it's correct then you got lucky.

Assuming that your premise is completely true for the sake of argument, you are still committing an ignoratio elenchi. Your final sentence, the conclusion, can in no way be logically derived from your premise. If you say it in a more litteral, and less whimsical way, it will be more clear. All you would have proved, assuming that's all true, is that there is more empty space that material can exist in than there is existing material. That doesn't go to show that the existing material is in any way unsubstantial.

Take for example an empty jar, which is easy for everyone to understand... If you claim that everything within the bounds of the jar is part of the jar, then you can say it's made mostly of air or empty space. That doesn't mean that the jar is non existent. It means either that you shouldn't include the empty space, or at the very least that there is just more empty space than there is jar.

Addendum; I checked electron mass to be approximately 1/1837 of an amu. Or 1/1837 the weight of a proton, or neutron. Its been a while since I was in the lab.

Ohmergerd! My brain is bouncing around in the negative trying to keep up with the info of your comments! :O lol.

Yes, emptiness… full of the weak electro static force of electron quantum valences; which are surprisingly resistant to penetration. The space is " virtually empty of mass" around the nuclei of atoms. Electrons do weigh something like 1.0 x 10 to the negative 187 power atomic mass units. Very small weight but something. However, it is full of energy; in the atomic electron "shells". In accordance with Einstein's theory of relativity electrons are mass converted into "trapped' or orbiting Light; which is an energy field. Essentially the empty space is filled with electromagnetic fields. Much like the magnetic fields surrounding he earth which can be detected when solar radiation, hits and causes friction displayed as the Auroras of light, emitted across the sky at Earth's ionospheric poles. Even outer space is not empty it is teeming with very energetic particles.

The muppets Bert and Ernie were named after the 2 policemen in "It's a Wonderful Life."

Actually, it was a cop and a cab driver.

I love watching The Universe, Nova and stuff like that. I'm interested in the fact dark matter makes up like a significant portion of our universe. Could it be that might be part of the equation?

I too love watching all the science channels. Matter of fact watching science channel right now. My wife hates it and thinks it is boring so I don't get to watch it as much as I would like, but I do what I can. I think we could have some great discussions about it. Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you too. Hopefully, we'll have some good dialogue.

The Earth is mostly water but we call it Earth after the ground part, shouldn't we change the name of the planet to Ocean?

BWahahahaha! Wait til I tell hubby this! : Buddy, you are 95 % NOTHING! " :P Hmmm, that could be the start of a fight! :O