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Mohamed Sayed

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The illusion of infinity (the ultimate role of infinity)

Infinity was always beyond a theory or a fact , it’s more positioned as an endless path for humans. It was always perceived as a black hole leading to a numerically undefined volume of life’s aspects, thoughts & routes.
Despite that infinity was proved & assumed as a theory over ages. However, it contradicts with the basic pillar of ‘scientific constant facts’, positioning itself as the ongoing unreachable variable in life, that can never be embraced nor calculated.
simply infinity is an undefined amount nor accurately defined coming under the word ‘unknown’. Making it scientifically not an option, unless its beyond being scientific.
A person must reach a limit to know his capabilities & define opportunities. But without reaching the limits & boundaries none can cover the opportunities & understand the non-understandable.
Even Life is mainly shaped in round shapes as molecules, planets, galaxies & paths. Making everything seems unlimited-even-visually infinite, starting from the very exploration era were humans thought that the seas were endless till discovering the end of its infinity, reaching a point were infinity proved wrong on one topic, but exits for billions of other topics
Infinity as a concept is too collective that covers all possible portions of life, making the idea of overcoming it more impossible. In order to defeat this infamous giant, we must cover every & each topic, one by one, reaching the ‘infinity’ of each path, limiting the unlimited, to be able to connect the dots, solve the lifetime maze once & for all.
Infinity was always the definite variable of science, but the absolute constant of life. It existed since the beginning, occurring in present & prepared for future.
The world was built around the concept of infinity with a mystic role towards life, working as the ultimate magnetic fuel that attracts & encourage humans to keep on going, understanding, working together over time completing each other reaching the end of each infinity.

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    Nov 5 2012: Thanks Mohamed for offering this interesting (at least to me) idea for conversation. With all respect, my view would be antithetical to yours. You seem to propose that since we have 'disproven' some ancient specific beliefs regarding components of infinity, that this 'infamous giant can be defeated' by the aplication of scientific method to each of the 'billions' of facets of belief in infinity. On the surface, that approach seems reasonable. The problem (for me) is that the understanding of infinity can not be accomplished solely with reason and it's champion: scientific method. The example you cited was the ancient belief in the infinity of the seas. At the time, the tools humanity had developed revealed the seas as infinite. Then one day we had better tools and realized that the seas were indeed finite. Today it seems we believe that scientific method with its cause and effect, measurement and evaluation, mathematical probability, and reproducible experimentation can reveal, in itself, the complexity of the universe. And along with that, we shun the 'inner knowledge of the ancients' and the 'intuitions of mankind' as too imprecise to be valid. After all, we can 'prove' many old beliefs as erroneous. But how is it that we can meet someone and like them instantly- or not - and be correct? Or 'know them' even though we've never met? How are wisdom and justice calculated? If that were possible, I would suggest that the world would be quite different. What is instinct? What is absolutely knowing you're going to get the job, or not, and then you do, or don't? What are 'alternate universes and dimensions' in physics but substantiation for the belief in 'other worldly' life. My point is that our current abilities with scientific method are insufficient - by themselves- to explore infinity. We've only just begun to understand our own physical world let alone the 'infinity' of the universe. Thanks again for the interesting conversation.
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      Nov 6 2012: Thanks for your comprehensive reply & view. And admire the fact that the topic is interesting to you, as it was always a topic that triggers a lot to my mind. Making me glad & interested to know different views about it.
      Actually most of the points you stated before is mainly in line with the overall idea, but please let me clarify the concept more-bearing in mind that the idea won’t be serving creating a comprehensive formula to be applied on different to solve it- as I agree with you that ‘infinity’ can’t be treated as a solely subject & science is one of the key players against it that provides us with right tools & scientific methodologies.
      As the key idea is about redefining our perception towards infinity & build over various tools to seize the way we deal with it & fast-forward it to cover more topics of it based on the tools that we used & the understanding that we reached.
      The main thing about infinity here, is how things are built to ensure our continuity, making reasons for humans to look forward for tomorrow.
      Encouraging humans to utilize all scientific, human instincts & knowledge, accommodated with the constant motive to keep going ‘infinity’.

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