In mathematics I struggled with the conceptualization of infinity how the curve simply tended towards the limit without necessarily ever touching it. I tried to run away for the calculus of infinitesimal limits until I head butted with it again in philosophy.
Infinity has always been a cumbersome topic of discussion because its verification is miniscule if at all it exists. The one thing I did absorb from it though is that before every moment there was a moment and after every moment there was a moment. This proves timelessness that there isn’t a time without time if that makes any sense.
Then what is this chatter of the first cause, the origin story. If timelessness proves anything it is that there is no beginning or end, this existence of our universe is one in circular motion an ever turning wheel from moment to moment every single moment.
History, present and future are but labels inscribed on this wheel from time to time. After all the green earth remains and people are almost identical in their very essential habits, or so I think. Is there really any end or beginning for everything? Maybe the more authoritative question is ‘what is the means for the sustenance of this circular motion, or by whose means is all this sustained?’
Caution to hasty belief in any creation or final story it might just be a story.

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7 thoughts on “the problem with infinity

  1. time without time makes perfect sense. it is one of those things that you feel, rather than know. or that you know but can’t explain and when you meet someone else who knows, you don’t need any words, just look at each others eyes and say yes, this person knows. thanks for posting this, well done! Michelle

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  2. I find it very challenging to explain to others the concept of infinity since this is a very counterintuitive subject. I would normally give them advice to read the works of people like Euler Cantor, Ramanujan and Erdos on infinity. However, reading those works would just yield more questions than answers most of the time.

    Infinity is subject to many mathematical and logical paradoxes that are very mind boggling even to those “in the know”

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    1. i’ll do more digging, thanks for the references. In math i’ve actually read a bit of Euler and his stuff is definitely labyrinthine but i’ll take more time with the content and i’ll see how i feel later on.

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      1. A while ago, I have read a book called Infinity and the Mind by Rudy Rucker. I think that it is a great introductory book on the concept of infinity. The book talks about several aspects of infinity, not just math, but also the relationship of infinity to theology philosophy, logic, science and many other miscellaneous things.

        Many of the works of Euler are quite demanding though and require very high understanding of higher math to comprehend them. This is also especially true with the works of Ramanujan. I have the entire five volume set of the works of Ramanujan and they are some of the most challenging math books that I have ever read.

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