In order to push this, he has to make some pretty big changes to our normal dictionary definition of what “nothing” means.
The element phosphorus, on which life heavily depends for its codes and metabolic processes, is a limiting factor for complex beings on habitable planets.
It’s intriguing that life as we know it depends on a seemingly un-natural distribution of minerals.
Don’t walk on the grass, that “often undervalued” form of life, without looking down. It’s amazing down there.
One-third of minerals — chemical solids whose atoms are highly ordered — are created directly or indirectly by life forms.