A vulgar variant of concept stealing
, prevalent among avowed mystics
s, is a fallacy I call the Rectification of the Zero
. It consists of regarding "nothing
" as a "thing
", as a special, different kind of existent
. This fallacy
breeds such symptoms as the notion that presence and absence, or being and non-being, are metaphysical forces of equal power, and that being is the absence of non-being.
"Genuine utterances about the nothing must always remain unusual. It cannot be made common. It dissolves when it is placed in the cheap acid of mere logical acumen."