Are you
unique? Perhaps there copies of you existing
out there, somewhere in the universe? If
the universe is infinite then there are infinite copies of you. What is morality if there is an infinity of you?

**What is Infinity?**

Infinity (∞) is a tough concept to wrap one’s head around. Definitions like “without any limit”, “unbounded”,
or “endless” allow labels, but not understanding.

Our mind tends to think of a large number
that keeps getting bigger. We can not
really imagine infinity directly, only stand close to it and pretend we
grasp the immensity.

Is there
really such a thing as infinity?

Some
say that infinity is only an imaginary
idea, like Spock in Star Trek.

Others say a circle is infinitely
long, going round and round and round.

No one knows
for sure, despite centuries of thought and experiment. We may never be able know if infinity is real or imagined.

We can
prove infinity comes in

**different sizes**. Georg Cantor showed how not long after the U.S. Civil War.You in a bounded universe. |

We can
prove that infinity comes in

**different shapes**. One-third goes 3.33333333... While Pi (Π) starts 3.14159265358… Both infinite, both different.
These
thoughts are only logic based on guesses.
Tricks our minds can play with symbols.
Infinity is an imagined reality.
Let us see what other magic our mind can hold.

**Always Repeating**

One thing
infinities share is local repetition. If
you divide a piece of infinity you’ll find it again and again. In the one-third number this is obvious. There are many, many “3” pieces in 3.33333333...

Repetition
is true inside the Pi number too. The pattern “62” is repeated several times in just
this short piece of Pi:

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939

937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482

If you go
far enough, you will find infinite copies of
any piece inside an infinity.

The
larger the pattern, the rarer our piece becomes. Rare is only a relative thing. Like with the odd numbers and whole numbers,
there can be infinite copies of any piece in infinity.

A big enough universe for several copies of you. |

**Repeating Universe**

We have
come to know our universe is very large. Is our universe infinite? Does it have a
limit, bound, or end? Some have guessed at the answer, but
there is no proof yet. We do know it is
much larger than we can directly observe.
What facts we do have suggest it's edge would be vast beyond our
comprehension.

Atoms and sub-atomic particles can be compared to numbers. There are limited types of these parts, just as
there are limited numbers we count with.
Both are pieces, divisions of an infinity.

There are
only so many ways you can combine particles together. It may be a big number of
possible ways particles can be mixed together, but not an infinite numbers of ways.

Particles
and numbers are organized into patterns.
Bits of matter that form little copies over and over again through out
the universe.

If you
look far enough you find that patterns repeat. Patterns of matter behave as the “62” in Pi. The larger the pattern, the farther you may
have to look, but it will eventually be there.

**Copies of You**

If the
universe is infinite then you are but one of infinite copies of you. Every variation of your life exists repeatedly.

If the
universe is large enough, but still has an end, then there may copies of you somewhere far away.

If the
universe is small enough, there may be only one you. You may be unique.

An infinite number of you in an infinite universe. |

**A Moral Mess**

I am not
sure if I like these ideas; one of me, many of me, an infinity of me.

If there
are infinite me’s, then I am irrelevant to the universe. Every mistake I could make would be made.
Every good thing I could do has been done.
My choices then are only my experience of life and have meaning only to
me.

If I am
the only me, unique and special, then the pressure for morality in the universe overwhelms me. Any mistake I make has consequences on the
universe, limiting or expanding its potential.
Although my impacts are small, they are permanent and of unimaginable
consequence.

Perhaps
it is better if there are many copies of me.
My mistakes might be overcome by another copy. I may be able to do better than the
other copy. There is room to still find the
potential of what the universe could be, without the pressure of being it's only hope.

It may be best if I have no meaning at all to the universe. Then one, many or infinity, the universe will go on it's merry way no matter what I do.

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Is there a Universe that can be called Nothing, a nothing universe where you exist as nothing...I've heard that is the great question, "If there is something can there be nothing?"

ReplyDeleteAll righty then. I prefer to think that we are infinite, and that we have put upon ourselves the the awesome power of forgetfulness, and limitations, sufferings, that leads to goals to set and make, and disappointments to overcome, because let's face it, Eternal life is boring. Heaven is a great idea....or is it? Eternal life? That's a long time. Infinity is boring. This life is much better, and much, much shorter. I just hope I can keep remembering to forget that infinity doesn't fit inside the mind.

ReplyDeleteI came in on the Google+ bus, and I'm known as Clean Slate Fellowship over there. I like the way you think. Thinkers are everywhere, but people to share the thoughts with are not.