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Infinity

Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:11 PM by droomph

A CD has an infinitely amount of results to record. It can record every noise that has happened in the universe, and yet, it's still finite in its ability to record.

There are an infinite amount of noises it can record, yet it can only record so much, because its "digits" are finite, and their "values" are painfully finite.

And what's the longest time that is possible to record? If the universe has ever been a point, it means that it has a limit, however large. If it has a limit, then it means it has a finite amount of states it can be in, unless, in which case, means that we are arbitrary, and the laws of nature don't exist, and we're merely a coincidence. Which is true, but in our universe, with our laws of nature, it doesn't work that way, meaning that our infinitesimally large and humongous universe is only a part of a bigger infinity.

And then, we have the number. It has infinite numbers between any rational number, because you can always add another number to the end of a decimal. However, because we can subtract a number from a number, say 6-4, it means there is a finite amount of numbers, however small and indiscreet, inside of it. We can move from Point A to Point B, simply because there can't be an infinite amount of values between 1 and 2. There has to be a limit, however small.

But then, we could always take two "absolute" points, and say, "here is the middle of Point 1/∞ and Point 2/∞, two points, which by definition, shouldn't be allowed to exist. But if it's finite, then there's always the possibility we could look at it and go, "hey, there's the middle of those two."

And the last, and most convincing, reason that our infinity is only finitely small, is this little symbol:


If it was truly infinite, no symbol would be able to introduce the idea of infinity. It would be so big, our brains, no, our universe, wouldn't be able to handle it. It would be a contradiction of ideas - that a concept with no limit can be expressed with a limited idea. There is no limit, and therefore, the symbol, and thus the idea, should have no limit.

Yet, we can express it in a symbol about 16, or 32 electrons long. It's simply just not infinite by any measure, so it can't be used to describe something with infinite capacity.
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    Mariah Carey's Avatar
    ah yes stephen hawking
    Posted December 1st, 2012 at 12:55 PM by Mariah Carey Mariah Carey is offline
    Updated December 1st, 2012 at 01:15 PM by Mariah Carey
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    Originally Posted by Harlequin View Comment
    ah yes stephen hawking
    why are you so mean
    Posted December 1st, 2012 at 01:17 PM by droomph droomph is offline
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    I'm not sure I understand the logical step between "if there's a limit to the universe, our laws of nature don't exist". Could you explain it further? :3
    Posted December 1st, 2012 at 04:09 PM by Oryx Oryx is offline
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    Watch this.
    This too.
    Its pretty interesting, imo.
    Posted December 1st, 2012 at 05:25 PM by Cosmotone8 Cosmotone8 is offline
    Updated December 1st, 2012 at 05:33 PM by Cosmotone8
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    I'm not sure I understand the logical step between "if there's a limit to the universe, our laws of nature don't exist". Could you explain it further? :3
    I never said that. I said, if there isn't a limit to the universe, our laws can't exist, because it could be anything at any whatever, and no coherent rules could be made, because no patterns could be made. And that's not how our universe works, is it?
    Posted December 1st, 2012 at 06:15 PM by droomph droomph is offline
    Updated December 1st, 2012 at 06:36 PM by droomph
 

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