Very Large Numbers are Not Numbers, and Infinity Doesn’t Exist

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3 thoughts on “Very Large Numbers are Not Numbers, and Infinity Doesn’t Exist

  1. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”- Gautama Siddharta

    “A consistent thinker is a thoughtless person, because he conforms to a pattern; he repeats phrases and thinks in a groove”. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

    We are language-based creatures, everything we are able to perceive or conceptualise is named and committed to language. These words are also emotionally and socially interpreted due to cultural and individual perceptions.
    You are what you’ve learnt and there is nothing that is of the mind that is not learnt.
    Just look around your direct environment to realise that you have a name for everything and often an emotional connotation associated to words.

    Take the word mathematics for example. Webster’s dictionary describes it as such:
    Math`e`mat´ics
    n. 1. That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations.

    Depending on your culture and experiences surrounding the subject other words maybe used to further define it…
    Boring, cool, foundational, complex, mundane, interesting, dangerous, useful, useless, inspirational, tiresome, nerdy, sexy…

    You name it and someone has an association towards it that will differ from your own.
    Reality is thus dictated by our perception from out of language.

    The shell of a turtle will protect it from predators but if he falls upon is back he is unable to turn over again leaving him vulnerable. Language is the turtle shell of men. It provides us with the means to interpret and rationalise while at the same time limiting due to predefined semantical associations. (one of the shortcomings of the modern education system in my opinion)

    Infinity is thus an evolutionary semantic progression of the concepts of number, magnitude and form.
    If we are true to ourselves we may acknowledge the fact that we have no idea whatsoever.

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