This Is What Thinking Nothing Looks Like

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If you've ever wondered what thinking about nothing looks like, here it is. It's the result of an experiment by artist Gustav Metzger, who hooked himself up to a robotic carving machine—while thinking long and hard about absolutely nothing.

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The machine takes EEG signals—essentially the electrical signals from the brain, measured through the scalp—and then uses them to dictate the patterns it cuts into a piece of Portland Stone. The result's rather beautiful, and itself looks like some kind of abstract artwork depicting a human brain. The sculpture is on display at the Work Gallery in London until February. [Design Week]

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How do you think about nothing? I have tried all kinds of meditation, yoga or flat out boredom to try and give my mind a rest, but it never works; there are always things up there buzzing around. Maybe its because he is an artist and they think differently than we regular folks, but whatever it is, I envy his ability to do it, though the sculpture isn't really doing much for me.