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The Infinite

  • The human mind grasps more easily the concept of the infinite than the concept of the finite. We had no problem accepting that the universe is infinite, but now we have trouble accepting that it may be finite.
  • It is natural for humans to ask "if it is finite, then what lies beyond it?", i.e. we want to make it infinite. If there is no god, then what was there before the universe was born?
  • No matter how far we look, we only see finite things existing for finite eras; and, still, we believe that the infinite exists.
  • The human brain seems to be programmed to deal with infinite space and infinite time. Despite the fact that our daily lives deal with finite objects and finite lives, finite concepts are harder to accept than infinite ones.