If empty space was really empty it would have no energy. This is not true so:
“… space, which has so much energy, is full rather than empty.” (Bohm, 1980) p242.
That empty space isn’t empty(Cole, 2001) is illustrated by:
- The Casimir effect. Two uncharged flat plates held close together in a vacuum register a force pushing them together. Current physics attributes this vacuum pressure to virtual particles that pop out of the “empty” space around the plates but how can emptiness create particles? Yet according to quantum theory, a point can’t constantly have zero energy and this energy of the vacuum allows the Casimir effect. Again a space of truly nothing wouldn’t have this property.
- Light waves travel in empty space. If light waves travel in a vacuum, space must be the medium in which those waves vibrate. It follows that the vacuum that mediates light waves can’t be nothing.
Empty space isn’t a physical thing but as Einstein said it has to be “something” for relativity to work:
“…there is a weighty argument to be adduced in favour of the ether hypothesis.” (Einstein, 1920).
Indeed quantum theory itself implies some sort of quantum ether:
“The ether, the mythical substance that nineteenth-century scientists believed filled the void, is a reality, according to quantum field theory” (Watson, 2004) p370.
In quantum realism, space presents as empty but is actually full of processing. This “fullness” generates the vacuum energy that gives the Casimir effect and also mediates light. It can show nothing or something just as a screen can be blank or show an image. The quantum network shows nothing because each node runs a null process, i.e. a positive-negative cycle that sums to zero. Yet since the network is asynchronous, each node runs its own cycle and many asynchronous null vibrations can’t all be zero at once. So while points of space average zero at any instant they aren’t all simultaneously zero, just as quantum theory predicts. A quantum “ether” isn’t a physical ether but it is the non-physical medium that Einstein suspected had to exist.
Imagine a large window with a view, where one sees the view but not the glass transmitting it. One only sees the glass if it has imperfections, if it has a frame around it, or if one touches it. Now suppose that the “glass” that transmits physical reality has no imperfections so it can’t be seen directly, it is all around so there is no frame to detect it by, and it transmits matter as well so we can’t touch it. It can be imagined as a network of perfect diamonds that flawlessly reflects the images of physical reality within itself.