Now we know that space is suffused with quantum fields, which are literally everywhere.
The protons, electrons, and other particles often described as the building blocks of matter are themselves exceptions of quantum fields.
Space looks empty when the fields languish near their minimum energy levels. But when the fields are excited, space comes alive with visible matter and energy*.
- This quote was from a National Geographic article by Timothy Ferris that seems to have disappeared from the Internet. It is, however, referenced deep into this article: thebillyleepontificator.com/Conscious-Life/.