The concept of infinity is a key term in mathematics ranging from statistics to calculus, however it’s appearance in calculations concerning the true nature of the physical world is treated with dread and the theory in question either shunned or rapidly modified. For example recent calculations carried out by physicists suggest that at the very moment of the Big Bang the temperature was infinite.
Although many such theories involving the infinite are likely to be inaccurate, should we be so quick to throw the concept away as unworthy due to the illogicality of it in the human mind? I, personally, am one who believes that our basic view of the world in terms of logic and reason is incorrect in some way. Due to this belief I would not be so quick to disregard infinity due to the fact that we can neither visualise or make complete sense of it at the current point in our history.
One might ask: ‘How exactly is it that human logic is flawed.’ The first and most obvious answer is that we have yet to arrive at any absolute truth from it. A second answer might be rather an extreme one but relevant nonetheless. Consider the following proposition: ‘This statement is false.’ Here we see logic and reason confused by the trickery of linguistics, and, due to the fact that logic and reason is, primarily, founded using the medium of language in one form or another, we might now see that logic is not the pure and precise system of thought we originally believed it to be as it is based on something inaccurate and messy.
Perhaps, to a certain degree at least, we should forsake logic and reason in our quest for knowledge and accept the absurd and irrational in areas such as mathematics and physics. It is my belief that a system which combines irrationality and rationality could bring us much closer to understanding the true nature of this universe (and what may or may not be beyond it) than one of these approaches alone could ever hope to. The concept of infinity may not be the fallacious concept we believe it to be, and, by accepting such an idea, we bring ourselves a step close to a New Age of Enlightenment.
In recent years philosophers and scientists alike, including academic giants such as Hawking, have taken materialism to a disturbing new level and claimed that the human experience itself, or the consciousness, is in fact an illusion and that we are nothing more than mindless automatons, the product of a solely deterministic universe.
This is a preposterous and illogical assumption since, not only can it not be proven at the current time, but it is also logically impossible. The very definition of an illusion is an incorrect interpretation of sensory experience. How, therefore, can then our own sensory experience itself, the very thing which allows us to be alluded to, be in itself an illusion. It goes without saying that there can only be an illusion if there is something to be alluded to. If the human consciousness is deemed to be nothing more than an illusion then we must ask ourselves: what is being alluded to exactly?
In addition, such a deterministic view of reality and mankind could be potentially dangerous. There may come a time when overpopulation becomes a serious problem globally and, using the illogical philosophy of Hawking and others, justify ethnic cleansing and other such atrocities. I, personally, would not want to live in a world where humans are considered to be disposable automatons whose individuality and awareness are seen as little more than illusions which can easily be put to an end.
If we are to follow such a philosophical pathway then we are to condemn mankind itself to death by the destruction of all that we stand for as a species.