Life has only one past and one present but there is a infinite number of futures.. Amazing right?

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Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:29am


Mon, 06/11/2012 - 6:11pm
davidmau5 Says:

Time is the 4th dimension
But time is not countable
Time cannot be counted discretely
It is equinumerous to the continuum

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 6:25pm
bakayurei Says:

time's not continuous, there's a smallest possible unit that you can measure it with

also- there's a finite number of possible futures, since the future is dependant on the past

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 6:43pm
davidmau5 Says:

I wasnt referring to continuity
But time is continuous and infinite
If you take any point in time
You can construct an epsilon neighborhood with an arbitrarily small epsilon
This interval has infinitely many points in it and it is subset of the future
You cant create a bijection from the natural numbers to the continuum

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 1:35pm
bakayurei Says:

you're using lots of mathematical jargon and i don't know quite what some of it means, but anyway, what i meant was (however relevant this is to what you've said, and since you've just said that you didn't say anything about continuity, it probably has nothing to do with it, but anyway): there's a smallest possible size that anything can be .. and since there's a smallest possible unit of space, there's also a smallest unit of time, and it's the time it'd take light to travel that distance .. so time isn't continuous, it ticks along like a clock with really fine-toothed gears

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 5:21pm
davidmau5 Says:

Yeah I think were talking about two different things
Youre talking about an interval in time
And Im talking about countability within that interval

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 2:14pm

But your arbitrarily small epsilon has a minimum interval. If epsilon is the Planck time, each subset has only one entry. Any smaller epsilon neighborhood would have zero points, since a fraction of the Planck time is identical to the present.

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:44pm
TenaciousD Says:

I barely got through Introductory Algebra. It's like you're speaking an Alien Tongue.

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 11:28am
Mr.P. Says:

As far as I have learned, space is not quantized, it is continuous. And by that time is also continuous. But I have wondered myself if space is quantized and not continuous. If it is quantized, however, what is a quantum of space (the smallest unit)? Or is space only quantized in a similar fashion to energy. As in, there can be any amount of energy, yet for a specific wavelength or frequency there can only be an integer multiple of hv (h*(c/lambda)), namely, a photon. So what would be the unit of space that comes in integer multiples, and what represents each unit?

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 5:22pm

Yes but there are also an infinite number of pasts that could all be true. Because anyone of them could be true and none or more true than the other. This means we must assume they are all true at the same time giving us uncountable numbers of pasts and therefore by your logic futures.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:46am

Can't forget the fact that there are possibly other dimensions with their own time frames as well.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 3:04am

if there is a distance between the two smallest intervals of "time", then what happens between the intervals? does the universe play "nothing-something-nothing-something" games, or do things continually exist? it seems more likely that things always exist, and time is our perception of living while things move.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:03am

Really, if you think about it there is only one future. Anything you do cannot and will not change the future. You're just conforming into whatever the one true future is.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:38am
Sun, 10/05/2014 - 1:45am

what do you mean by life having one past? each life form has their own unique past present and future.
nothing "lives" forever, so the future is not infinite for life.
also, the past is theoretically infinite, as is the future, because if energy cannot be created or destroyed, then it always has and always will exist.
and if you can to think about the present, the present is infinite, because you are always living in the present, regardless of if you're thinking of the past present or future, or about something that has existed in the past present or may be in the future.

i can prove that something is real
if nothing were real, no one would be able to read those words, but obviously someone is reading them.
also, try comparing the idea of "nothing" to your dreams. compare "nothing" to what you experience and do every day. it's foolish to consider that you're experiencing such a great variety of nothingness. when you sleep and don't dream, you experience nothing, otherwise, you are always experiencing something, whether it is your imagination or your perception of reality is for you to decide.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:44am

Today is yesterday's tomorrow. Kind of a trip for how simple that saying is.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 11:36am

Einstein's theory of relativity actually disproved time's existence. It only exists as a fundamental variable that helps us understand the concept of space-time. past, present, and future are all placeholder words that are used to give us a sense of direction, even though all of what we perceive to be time is happening all at once. the past becomes the present which becomes the future. so deductively, what we call the past is already a future that hasn't happened yet.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:19pm

the past has already happened, the present is happening, and the future is a present that hasn't happened yet.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:22pm
lovelion Says:

I'd have to disagree to be honest, I'd argue that there is only one future, because you can't change it, because if you do change it, one could argue that that change is going to occur and therefore what is meant to occur.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 4:12am

this has nothing to do with farts. i only give a fuck about farts. sorry

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:14pm

well I think theres only one future but many possibilities how it could be played out. You can't really say there's more than one futures

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:36pm

I agree with lovelion. Say we have an event, event A. It would be impossible to quantify all the causes* of event A, but I it seems reasonable that event A could only ever happen as a logical result of all its causes, which would technically include every event that ever happened prior to A. To phrase it in another way, the universe as it exists during event A is a logical result of the universe that existed immediately prior to event A. By this logic, the universe that exists during event A, and all the causes therein, can only logically lead to one new universe, or a single new event.

*A cause is hereby defined as an event which, in conjunction with any number of other causes, necessarily leads to another event.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:05am
cainhawk Says:

What if your just imagining the past and the future and every possibility is infinite.

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:48am

It's so crazy what you think if when you're high

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 1:42pm

Life has no past or future. Only the present is real. The past and future are both philosophical concepts; ideas we have in our minds. Nothing else. This is why the future never arrives and the past never returns. There is only the Eternal Now.

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:53pm
TenaciousD Says:

How can History be just a Philosophical Concept? It's EstablishedFact, isn't it?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20am


Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:42am
ebeninami Says:

I am a f*cking very well payed Dr. man ;) Have a family, kids. Everything is good.
did you eat your brain or something?

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:37am

What I believe (if you didn't get that) is that the future is actually set. It's only going to happen one way. But that doesn't change anything. From our perspective, as variables in the great equation, our every action has just as much meaning as we could possibly imagine. Universes are made or broken by your daily decisions. It seems like I'm contradicting myself here, but that's the difference between the perspective of a human being and the perspective of the universe as it actually exists.

When I was a kid, I hated the idea that everything that ever happened might actually be predetermined. Due to that fact, I used to try to think weird thoughts, do weird things, on the off chance that I might actually violate the laws of causality and escape the fate the universe had for me. But at the end of the day, I knew that I still did nothing to actually disprove or disrupt an 'ultimate fate', might it actually exist. I didn't have such excellent terminology and rhetoric to articulate my thoughts back then, but I did have an impressive understanding of the concept of predeterminism and the relative perspectives of freewill.

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 8:58pm
TenaciousD Says:

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