on second thought, what do people mean when they say "staring off into space"?
i've always assumed it meant just staring off into any open space, even if it's the four feet of space between you and the wall.
they don't mean like "outer space" do they?
though really, if the space we're staring into is outside of our own minds, i guess it could be considered "outer" space.
but even if they do mean outer space, like the place with stars and shit, i guess the phrase still makes sense, because even if you're staring at a wall, what you're really paying attention to is some indetermined point in the cosmos, so it might as well be outer space.
and if all time and space coexist, then it really doesn't matter where you're looking, you're still seeing everything at any given moment.
but, on a side note, if the indetermined point in the cosmos that we're really paying attention to is inside our minds, does that mean we're not staring into "outer" space, but into "inner" space (not like the movie)? afterall, the objects our eyes are taking in have nothing to do with what's actually going on up in the old neurotransmitter highway.
but, if all time and space coexist, that includes the space inside our minds, anyway, right?
or does it?
it depends on your philosophy, i guess. whether your school of thought is one which believes the intangible exists with the same value (or at least measurable by the same values) as the tangible.