2 June 2014

Going on and on

'Suppose you start writing numbers, 1,2,3... and so on, forever, so you supposedly keep on going, creating an infinite list, yes?'

'Yes.'

'But then within that infinite list you could make infinite subdivisions.'

'How do you mean?'

'Well just between 1 and 2 you could have 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and so on for between 2 and 3 and between 3 and 4, forever; then between 1 and 1.1 you could have 1.01, 1.02., 1.03 and so on; and then between 1.01 and 1.02 you could have...'

'Okay, I get the idea.'

'So you can have an infinite number of numbers even just between 1 and 2, actually, and within one set of infinite numbers you could insert an infinite number of other sets of infinite numbers... So which set of numbers is the biggest?'

'None. They're all infinite.'

'But different eh? So one infinity does not equal, eh... an infinite number of other infinities, even though they are all infinity?'

'Hmm... Your logic may be nonsense.'

'Or of course maybe it's all nonsense.'

'Infinite nonsense.'

'Perhaps.'

'Some people believe they will witness infinity... will live through infinity.'

'I know, but how will they ever know, because, no matter how long they live they could still wait another infinite number of equal infinities and still not know that the final end may still come, sometime.'

'Or they could just die and be done, of course, quite soon.'

'Of course. And dying of boredom may be quite possible too, if they try to survive infinity.'

'But they'll never know that they just died and were done.'

'Of course not.'

'That's a shame. I'd like to be reawakened just for a moment and told, That's it, you're done.'

'Really?'

'Not sure. Perhaps not.'

'No. Perhaps not.'

'Anyway, this is all just a waste of time.'

'Unless you have infinite time of course.'

'Of course.'

'In which case, how are we going to occupy ourselves, forever?'

'I don't know.'

'Neither do I.'

'So we don't know.'

'No. We don't know.'

12 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Good stuff. Go on writing! Make a play of it. No doubt you will find a theatre to bring it on stage.
I'd like to be one of the two actors.

Sean Jeating said...

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Sean Jeating said...

Hm, don't know why, but my comment got published twice, and I failed to (completely) dedupe the second. Sorry.
I wish bot he one not completely deleted and this one would not remain up to infinity. :)

Sean Jeating said...

And here are the miss h and t.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Ha ha Sean, your comments may go on forever!

Sean Jeating said...

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Oh dear. I think it's time for a draught pint of plain.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

...and another, and another, and another...

I'll join you in the pub they call Infinity Arms, forever...

Oh... We won't need money will we?

Sean Jeating said...

Not when drinking on account of Lady Aileen, anyway.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

Ah, good thinking Seanso, for she does like a tipple and I happen to know that she has an Infinite current account at The Bank of Infinity. Don QuiScottie has got wind of this plan too and is on his way. What a merry time we will have, forever. (Unless, until, we die)

Claude said...

It's a brand new day! Each day is a new day....Each day is a gift!

Dead or alive, I can keep busy ad infinitum.

Andrew MacLaren-Scott said...

An infinity of lattes and croissants, followed by red wine; and after that... some more...

Claude said...

Who could be bored with that?