Do Holes Exist?

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July 12, 2015 by Zerub Roberts

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There are no holes. Just pockets of non-existence. Hole’s aren’t things. They aren’t entities with identities – they have no causal influences on other things anymore than numbers or Santa Claus.

To say ‘that’s a hole in the wall’, is like saying ‘There’s  a Mr. No-one in the other room’. Referring to ‘that hole over there in the cup’ is giving an existential quantifier to a region of spacial discontinuity, which is simply absurd.

Take color for example. Colors don’t really exist. They aren’t out there, in the real world. Our brain creates color inside our heads – which makes it a secondary property of the object rather than a primary one like mass, density etc. Similarly, holes don’t exist – our language necessitates treating them as if they actually do. But in fact, they don’t.

What’s the solution? –

To maintain logical rigor, treat them as ‘holed-objects’ rather than objects with holes (which connotes the existence of two things – 1. the object and 2. the hole that comes with object.)

This would accurately treat holes as a predicate, rather than an entity.
That’s just one view about holes.

More theories here – Holes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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5 thoughts on “Do Holes Exist?

  1. If there does not exist a red apple in reality but only a colorless apple, then how can the red color be a secondary property of the apple?

    • A secondary property is one whos existence is only possible in the presence of an observer, but not independently of itself. So in that way, the apple’s color becomes a secondary property

      • So if there is an apple and in reality it is colorless but is perceived by humans to be of red color but as dogs can not perceive red, it is not red to dogs. Then is red the property of the apple or a property in human mind?

      • Redness is a property that the human mind ascribes to the apple.

        Like money – in reality it’s just a piece of paper, but it perceived by humans to be of value, but as dogs cannot perceive its value, it not of any value to dogs.

        So, it the value of the money a property of money or a property in the mind? – It’s a property that we ascribe to it.

        However, in this case, we created it ourselves. We could’ve chosen bricks to have such value. Redness however is not so much our own choice, rather than our biological disposition.

  2. “Redness is a property that the human mind ascribes to the apple.”

    Yes, I agree with this statement. Thanks Zerub for your answer and for your patience with me.
    If one goes further in this way one finds that not only colors, smells, sounds etc. are in the mind of the perceiver but much more. This is of course not to deny that there is some thing outside the mind of the perceiver; But that some thing may be inconceivable to humans including human scientists. Or may be not, I don’t know. Just some thoughts.

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