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Why do we give so much importance to the concept of infinity?
I'm being serious here. What, in the set of all things which actually exist, truly equals infinity?
Numbers are abstractions, which means they are only relevant in the context of describing representations of things.
At some point you are going to run out of representations to count.
I always understood the concept of infinity as not a number that goes on forever, but as an indicator that somewhere your logic was flawed and you attempted to calculate something which is in actuality impossible.
For instance, having one piece of pie from a pie with no pieces.
I.E. divide by zero: 1/0.
Zeno's paradox is another example. If there was such a thing as a infinitely small unit of measurement, then we would never be able to travel from point a to b. But we CAN travel from a to b, so what does that tell us about infinitely small units of distance? The only conclusion I can draw from that is there is a finite distance by which nothing is smaller. The concept of infinity here is irrelevant.
The more we spread videos around like this, the more confusion it causes.
What we really need is a video showing why the concept of infinity is irrelevant.
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Needs a lot more crazy to measure up to one of Gene Scott's lectures.

/used to get baked and watch his show late at night in the 80's

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