Why Is The Best Of Our Knowledge? Essay

955 Words Jun 27th, 2015 4 Pages
To the best of our knowledge, humans are the only creatures on earth that are able to contemplate infinity. We commonly talk about the infinite universe (which cosmologists now tell us is almost certainly finite but unbounded), we speak of infinite number series, such as the set of even numbers, and we use it metaphorically, as in saying someone has “infinite patience.” Time itself is spoken of as infinite, though it is always tied to finite objects which are changing and we can 't even come up with a coherent definition of what it is.
What makes something finite? That seems simple enough. An object is finite because it possesses specific qualities which determine its very nature and separate it from all other existents—even those composed of the same substances. If someone were to hold up two roses and then gesture with one of them and say, “This is an infinite rose,” you would immediately dismiss such a claim. The easiest way to demonstrate that would be to point to the other rose and note the obvious. “The rose you claim is infinite is obviously not so. It is limited by not being this rose. The same is true of every rose in existence. Your statement is contradicted by reality.” Your opponent in this brief debate nods and concedes without a fight. “You 're right—I meant to say it is infinitely beautiful in a figurative way. The only thing that is truly infinite is God himself.”
We have an issue to consider at this point. Claiming God is infinite actually…

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