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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 19 2012: Mohamed this is a very interesting view on infinity, it is something that few people seem to ever question. Right before I started looking at the ideas board I was watching a movie about time travel. It had me thinking of why things in most peoples mind have to be so finite. There is no law anywhere that truly explains the infinity that we all are taught and accustomed too. I would also be curious to see and understand what it would be like if we could reveal the secretes of the so called "Magical Infinity" how would it change our perspectives?
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      Nov 20 2012: Thanks for that question Kayla, it really redefines the full view about infinity in the form of the human productive curiosity, that accordingly triggers wider range of questions to cover further aspects to put us on the truer path.
      I believe revealing the secretes of infinitywould tweak our perspectives of how treat things across different life aspects, that should accelerate our solutions/methodologies adaptation process, re-estimating the givens & reaching further conclusions.

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