Re: Countable vs Continuous

From: Joel Dobrzelewski <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 08:41:13 -0400

> There is the rather harmless kind: the countable one. And some say
> there is another kind, a strange one, the one associated with the
> uncountable continuum, the one whose very existence many deny.
> Do not lump them together.

Yes, I can see how this distinction might be useful in some esoteric
discussions. But it seems (to me) to have little relevance to achieving a
successful Theory of Everything. And it might even distract us..

Both kinds of infinities are inaccessible to humans. So they can play no
part in our theories. In this sense, I think it's fair to lump them into
the pile of things that are not helpful.

We cannot build the universe out of pieces themselves we cannot construct.
(e.g. Pi)

Juergen, what do you think about the minimal cellular automaton?  Is it a
good candidate ATOE (algorithmic theory of everything)?
Received on Thu Jun 21 2001 - 05:38:03 PDT

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