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2012-08-08 05:02:58 PM  
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Scrotastic Method: But isn't this decimal vs. rationals "discovery" not really a discovery, but merely his realizing that his "sets" observation from the first 3 minutes of the video didn't really tell us anything about infinity in the first place?

Just because you can't match 1:1 with irrationals:rationals, well, so what -- there's always one more of each. This doesn't seem like math to me. It seems like broken stoner philosophy. But I'm probably missing something.

Anyway, all of this seems like a new-age way to apply some "whoa man" to something that's really arbitrary. Humans invented counting...generally, we count by 1. Just because you split that up in a way (counting by thirds, for example) that makes the general method seem flawed doesn't mean you're not still arguing about arbitrary-ness. The millimeter marks on the top side of my ruler don't lessen the eighth-inch marks on the bottom side.

/but what do I know...English major

Interesting. My Granddad had this "Fisherman's Ruler" where one side was a normal ruler but the other side was sort of a "Liar's Ruler" with smaller inches so you could joke that your fish was bigger. The ruler has a set length, but one side simply had more divisions. I guess what you're stating is how math decides which notches in a line to put labels on. But the video stated that they were talking about whole numbers, which is a defined concept. It is a freaky concept, and I'm trying to get my brain around it. Anyway, if you pulled the Fisherman's ruler apart, there was a filet knife inside.
2012-08-08 04:31:52 PM  
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I counted to infinity twice yesterday......

/It was quicker the second time.....
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