Originally Posted by Original Poster
Existence has to be infinite, logically. And numbers are abstract values, while technically 19 never repeats, there is a 1919, and a 19191919. You can't really use numbers to argue that experiences cannot repeat themselves exactly. Granted, it seems obvious to me that just like there is infinite time and infinite space, there is also infinite variety.
Why can't we use numbers to exemplify the point? Numbers, mathematics, are supposed to be the "language of the universe." Mathematics, ie numbers, are supposedly a fundamental part of the universe, so far as we know, so I disagree with you hereI think numbers can be used to argue whether or not experiences can or cannot be repeated. As you so pointed out, 19 never repeats as the number 19but there are an infinite number of 9's and 1's, because numbers go on forever. What is more interesting, is look at a number line. Specifically, between whole numbers, such as the fractions between 1 and 2. Theoretically, there is an infinite number of numbers between those two points on the numerical scale. As our math teacher explained it, if you have a piece of pie, and you vow to only eat half of what is left at once, there's always something left.
As a Christian, I believe that "time" is limitless, that there will always be something in the universe. Science seems to prove this as well, because one of the known laws of physics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. As such, even if the entire universe were to suddenly vanish, all the energy IN this universe would still exist, just in a different form. If that is true, then there can really be no end to the universe perse: only a change in form as energy transforms from one thing to another. Take a fire burning a log. As the log burns, it doesn't really go away, it just transforms into ash, and CO2, and other gasses and chemicalsthe log as we think of it is gone, but the matter that makes up the log is still there, in another form. Therefore, how could our universe ever end?
What is funny to think about though, is...if time is an illusion created by man, then if we were to cease to exist, would time cease to exist, or would it continue to pass? Our perception of time may well be an illusion, but it is hard to imagine that if humans went extinct, time itself would somehow not be. Our perception of time, THAT I can buy as being illusory in naturebut the idea of time, it seems, would have to exist on some level.


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