From Infinity To Certainty?

Question from Blake (lost, then recovered – sorry Blake!):
If there is an unlimited number of universes with an unlimited number of possibilities, then would there be a universe in which there doesn’t exist other universes?

Answer by SmartLX:

Unlimited possibilities do not necessarily mean every possibility. The set of multiples of two (2, 4, 6, 8…) has infinite numbers, but no odd numbers because odd numbers are not multiples of two. The question uses the premise that there is an unlimited number of universes, and with that established the infinite universes you are not in are not negated by the one you are in, no matter what kind of universe it is. The basic qualities of the set of universes make a solitary universe impossible.

A similar argument is sometimes used to establish the existence of a god. See the piece that just went up. (That piece is the reason I found your question, due to similar subject matter.)

3 thoughts on “From Infinity To Certainty?”

  1. Smart XL, in this particular piece of your answer, as well as in the next one today, you left me way behind your knowledge and reason, logic, but I trust you know what you are talking about.

    I just found you on a large list of atheists’ sites.

    So, I wonder what level and kind of formal education you have.

    I am a JURIST, but I READ A LOT.

    Not that it means something very special, but it proves, or, at least, shows something. An inclination, if nothing more, or, more precise.

  2. I have a Bachelor of Science with a double major in mathematics and computer science. Helps a lot with logical considerations, and especially math-based arguments like this one.

  3. Blake,

    Your question poses a logical contradiction, known as a logical paradox. You are creating an intentional dilemma by stating two things that cannot exist at the same time (like an unstoppable force meeting an unmovable object, or a married bachelor).

    It’s not a rational question, because obviously they can’t both be true.

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