Infinity’s Conveyor of Numbers and Thoughts
If I take the concept infinity as it applies to numbers and add something to it such as thoughts then do I still get infinity even if that something else isn’t purely a number? So David Hilbert had his infinity hotel and I have my infinity of thoughts? No? Maybe? LOL.
And what does this have to do if anything with Zeno’s paradox of Achilles and the Tortoise? And more importantly will these thought experiments lead to an infinite loop inside ones mind? Nah, that would only happen if you were more connected to the other yous in parallel universes of course assuming such things exist.
So why even consider such profound and incomprehensible ideas that some people would consider useless and headache invoking? I think I agree with many ideas Max Tegmark lays out in his book Our Mathematical Universe and Andrew Liddle summed up nicely in a review for Nature,
The culmination that Tegmark seeks to lead us to is the “Level IV multiverse”. This level contends that the Universe is not just well described by mathematics, but, in fact, is mathematics. All possible mathematical structures have a physical existence, and collectively, give a multiverse that subsumes all others. Here, Tegmark is taking us well beyond accepted viewpoints, advocating his personal vision for explaining the Universe.
Ok, now may be a good time for me to admit that I’m a Math major and a bit obsessed with math and physics but please don’t hold that against me because if Max is right then we’re not only related genetically as humans but also as numbers. 🙂
And so you don’t consider me as being totally biased I’ll even include in this fanboy glorification of science, physics and all things math, for your viewing pleasure since you’ve made it this far – a dissenting opinion from an old show I somehow got exposed to as a kid and still enjoy today…
Not every show can get away with having a weather balloon as the evil villain:
And so you don’t think I’m the only one who thinks of the risks of infinite loops, I end with an interesting thought by Douglas Hofstadter ingeniously named Hofstadter’s law that says “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” The “it” in this case is describing my point. Good Night. 🙂