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Casey Christofaris

Owner, CS3 Inc


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Is our math wrong? Is it our assumption of zero, or absolute nothingness?

There are know phenomena out there such as the gamma ray burst that total destroys(use loosely your ego wants to argue this syntax error not the mind) our current math and physics(e=mc2). But instead of saying well maybe we got a key part of our math wrong we make it so the phenomena matches our math. This is my personal take on what I think might be wrong. I think it has to do with our assumption of zero. Seeing how you can never have absolute nothingness as a base or starting point. Conceptually the idea of zero is great. I want an apple. But i am in a complete void of apples. I don't have a single one. Not even applesauce! I have ZERO apples. But I do not need to know that you have zero apples to know when you have 1 apple. On the other had I do need to know that you have 1 apple to understand that now you have 2 apple. I could be wrong. It just something that bothers me.

Also I am not a math person it has always been something I struggled with in school those pesky numbers. However in College I excelled at Logic, but that has been some time ago.

I am not say this is the answer I just say that I think there is something fundamentally wrong with our math


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    Sep 26 2012: from what you said,i think that i am unreflecting.
    i should learn from you and think much before speaking .
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      Sep 26 2012: You should always speak, speak what your mind tells you, speak what your heart tells you. But never stop thinking or speaking. If you don't voice your concerns you will never have to chance to grow. Dont think about it as being right or wrong. All you need to do is try to get the other person to see your view as truth, as well as see there view as truth. And in the process you might just change your/their view or combine together the views that you hold most dear. I am right and you are wrong puts this false sense of authority over someone for believing in their beliefs. And that is the true crime.
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        Sep 26 2012: 古语云:“听君一席话,胜读十年书”
        that is “talking with you for one moment is much better than reading books for ten years".
        glad to talk with you!

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