[extropy-chat] something rather than nothing

A B austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 17 21:42:49 UTC 2007

As a side question:

I know that it is still generally unresolved in
physics whether or not space/time is continuous or if
it is discrete.

Would an appropriate hyothetical description of
"continuous" space/time be that the fundamental units
are infinitely small? If the units were smaller than
infinitely small, would that not force that they
cannot exist, period? If that were the case, and
continous space/time can appropriately be described as
consisting of infinitely small units, wouldn't that
allow for a conceptual duality regarding the nature of
space/time? Ie. It could be considered either (or
both) continuous *and/or* discrete. Just to rephrase,
it could be considered continuous because the
fundamental units are infinitely small. And, it could
be considered discrete based on the fact that it could
in theory be counted using the rational "Natural" (AKA
"Counting") numbers, provided that the "action" of
counting continued into the infinite future. Or, I
could be totally, ass-backwards wrong about that. Does
anyone know?

Best Wishes,

Jeffrey Herrlich 

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