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Are we able to wrap our mind around infinity?

Infinity. It’s a puzzling concept. Is it real, or a mathematical fiction?
Aristotle believed infinity could only be potential, never actual. To speak of an actual infinity, he argued, is to fall into logical contradiction: “The infinite turns out to be the contrary of what it is said to be,” Aristotle wrote in the Physics. “It is not what has nothing outside it that is infinite, but what always has something outside it.”

Topics: Infinity

Closing Statement from Mohammad Mohammadipour

Dear All
Thanks for your comments;
And, last but not the least:
Arisen to voiceless unattainable peaks
I meet no end, for all is boundless He,
An absolute Joy the wide-winged spirit seeks,
A Might, a Presence, an Eternity.

In the inconscient dreadful dumb Abyss
Are heard the heart-beats of the Infinite.
The insensible midnight veils His trance of bliss,
A fathomless sealed astonishment of Light.

In His ray that dazzles our vision everywhere,
Our half-closed eyes seek fragments of the One:
Only the eyes of Immortality dare
To look unblinded on that living Sun.

Yet are our souls the Immortal's selves within,
Comrades and powers and children of the Unseen.

Sri Aurobindo(October 1939)
Best Regards.
Mohammad Mohammadipour

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  • May 14 2012: Salam Mohammad
    In this conversation I pointed out my idea about the space- time, as a WORLD of possibilities for existance, with its physical rules, without any limit (boundry, end, edge, etc. ) Our minds may understand this but our senses do not.
    The matter and electromagnetic energy which have come to existance are limited (may not be infinite), and follow the rules of the WORLD. Our sesnses and measuring instruments sense these and discover the rules of the WORLD. I call the collection of all existing mass and energy UNIVERSE.
    By above simple definition of WORLD and UNIVERSE , I conclude that WORLD is unlimited and UNIVERSE is finite. WORLD, as a possibility, is infinte, and the finite boundry of UNIVERSE is simply expanding at speed of light as the electromagntic radiations from so called big bang and later galaxies are spreading away from them.
    So my mind does roughly understand (wrap around ) both infinite WORLD and finite UNIVERSE !
    Also I understand that the CREATOR of WORLD and (later on) UNIVERSE has introduced himself to people through his messengers. Of course I cannot wrap my mind around the CREATOR !

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