Possibility of Eternal Return
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20-01-2013, 01:15 AM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return
(20-01-2013 12:07 AM)Vosur Wrote:  
(19-01-2013 08:53 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  And even if it did, the probability that the gazillions of particles would arrange in the same way again is so impossibly low, that there is no (1/??) number low enough to describe the impossible improbability.
What about 1/Googolplex? Consider
Interestingly enough, when dealing with the concept of eternity, even impossibly improbable numbers become probable and even inevitable.

So, what if it is 1/googolplex? What if it is 1/googolplex^2? What if it is 1/googolplex^googolplex?

No matter how big that denominator gets, eternity is bigger. Infinitely bigger. Also, space is big. Infinitely big. That's actually two infinities in one equation. Which is silly because infinity x2 is still just infinity. Something that only happens 1/googolplex times is not very likely to happen. But what if that is 1/googolplex per square parsec? And what if that is 1/googolplex per square parsec per billion years? Well, space is big, let's pretend the number of square parsecs in space is, say, googolplex/100. Now suddenly the chances of this even happening in 1 billion years is googolplex/100*googolplex, or 1/100. Still uncommon, but not impossible. But what about the chances of it happening in a trillion years? Now the chances are 10/1, or in other words, it would have to happen 10 times. Or 10,000 times in a quadrillion years.

And that quadrillion years is the teeny, tiny, itty, bitty tip of the iceberg of eternity.

Now, I don't know if the real chance is 1/googolplex, and I don't know how many parsecs there are in space, I'm just making up wild numbers to show that no matter how big we make the denominator, when you deal with infinite space and infinite time, that finite denominator becomes inconsequential.

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Possibility of Eternal Return - omegamoo - 19-01-2013, 07:05 PM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Chas - 19-01-2013, 07:13 PM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Chas - 19-01-2013, 10:40 PM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Vosur - 20-01-2013, 12:07 AM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Aseptic Skeptic - 20-01-2013 01:15 AM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Dom - 20-01-2013, 05:40 AM
RE: Possibility of Eternal Return - Hafnof - 20-01-2013, 07:07 AM
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