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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 30 2012: Well, then that's you looking at stuff from a completely philosophical point of view while I'm talking of a mathematical point of view. Yes, I see myself as one being, not 10 trillion self replicating myself and although I don't ever become negative of myself in the conventional sense, there is a similar sort of theory in quantum physics where every particle in the universe has an anti particle and when they both meet, they just cancel out each other. So there, I've shown you my zero point and how I become negative of myself. And yes, there is absolute absence in the universe - vacuum!
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      Sep 30 2012: When two partials collide do they become nothing or is it an energy transfer?
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        Sep 30 2012: they become "pure" enrgy with no matter in the end result.
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      Sep 30 2012: Vacuum is NOT nothing in the sense that Casey is getting at (I think). due to cosmic background radiation, random neutrinos flying about, any fields that may be present (like the Earth's magnetic field for example)
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        Oct 1 2012: Yes thank you Alex, that is correct you could have a vacuum and perceive it as nothing visually. But that does not mean it is completely void of everything. Its all about the context you are looking through.

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