A mathematical concept.
A human vision of enormity.
A myth, a legend, or a fiction?
Can infinity
be contained in a mere word? Can it be isolated, defined,
understood, restrained, placed in a box?
Finite Infinity
Infinity
is a subject which has the ability to simultaneously fascinate
and terrify.
There
is a paradox that is realized every time that a being with
- a finite
number of neurons,
- of
finite cellular composition,
- of
finite mortality,
conceives
of such a space/time/place as infinity.
**Infinite
Conceit?**
Perhaps
it is a conceit even to imagine that one might be capable
of understanding infinity at all.
Or is that not true?
On one side of a sheet it reads "The words on the other side of this sheet are true." On the other side of the sheet it reads "The words on the other side of this sheet are false."
Yes, perhaps, somehow,
there might be a glimmering of a hope for humanity. A slim sliver of a
chance that we might be capable of glimpsing the tiniest edge
of the greatness that is infinity. Even though we be beings of mortality, cursed with a finite number of ever dying neurons. Yes, though it is true, we can still find infinity.
Maybe.
Maybe
we are just simple motes of cosmic dust, blowing in the breath
of time.
That's
what 'finite insight' is about...
that paradox.
It is
expressed in the idea that no matter how large we can think,
there is a limit to what we can accomplish in a finite life
with finite senses.
**Do
you disagree?**
And yet,
somehow, perhaps we can have insight into the potentials,
the possibilities, the realm of the infinite along the way
to our finite finish line. Perhaps we can even transcend the
speed of light.
Can we
ever build a perpetual motion machine?
Can we
ever create anything which will truly 'endure'?
Can we
ever divide by zero?
Of course we can. We are human and we do it all the time.
If you
can name infinity, can you not capture a portion of it? Or
is the mere *idea* of catching or containing infinity
a paradox in and of itself?
No matter
how hard we try, our insight will always be finite.
Yet, we
can always aspire to infinity...
**Or
at least we can attempt to have virtually infinite fun along
the way.**
At finite
insight, we will never promise you infinity, simply because we can not.
Instead,
we will offer to generate together a finity...
which isn't
such a bad place to begin. |