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How many seconds in eternity?

Posted Over 1 Year ago by Cupola

Well, it turns out that it's actually a finite number!

Considering that the number of possible quantum states of a square meter of space, about the space that a human being takes up, is finite, all brain states exist within that square meter as well.

Eternity is 10^10^70 years. That's a 1 with 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 zeros behind it, anymore than that, and it would be logically impossible to not either come to a halt altogether, or revert to a prior quantum state. Yes, eternity is technically infinite, but as far as the human brain goes, that's the absolute upper bound to the amount of time that can be meaningfully experienced.

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The issue with this is it's possible to have a a sequence of finite states that never repeats.

For example, pi is an irrational number but can be formed with only 10 symbols.

Over 1 Year ago
Xhin
Sky's the limit

It doesn't matter, since whatever state comes next or before, your reverting to a prior state will produce the identical experience of being that state.

Over 1 Year ago
Cupola

Wouldn't "eternity" exist outside of our frame of reference anyway hypothetically though? And wouldn't any hypothetical human experiencing "eternity" be brought to it and be able to withstand it by factors beyond our ability to measure?

I get what you're trying to do here but

Over 1 Year ago
Grey Echelon

Well if you watch Rent and/or listen to “525,600 minutes”, you’ll start to feel like that’s an eternity.
So I’ll say 31,536,000 seconds in at least one eternity.

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

Well if you watch Rent and/or listen to “525,600 minutes”, you’ll start to feel like that’s an eternity.


LITERALLY my first thought when I read this thread!

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Over 1 Year ago
Weird Occurance

An interesting question which mere mathematics isn't competent to address.

Possibly something like Æ ≈ 0 & ±∞

Over 1 Year ago
elemtilas
 

An interesting question which mere mathematics isn't competent to address.

Possibly something like Æ ≈ 0 & ±∞

Over 1 Year ago
elemtilas
 

Christian understanding of eternity is not "time that extends infinitely" but a state outside of time altogether.

Over 1 Year ago
Brocken Jr.

@Brocken Jr:
You wrote:
Christian understanding of eternity is not "time that extends infinitely" but a state outside of time altogether.


Like a film’s editor is outside the film.

Over 1 Year ago
chiarizio
 

I feel like all of this is a drug induced bender. Eternity is endless and infinite. Thus you have an infinite amount of seconds. Using the physical space that a person takes up is irrelevant to how many seconds exist in an endless void because mass fines not equal time. Christians see eternity the same way as everyone else, it’s heaven and hell that exist outside of time.

The real question is if you travel at the speed of light and time slows down for you, are you experiencing the same amount of seconds as someone on earth?

Over 1 Year ago
Q2
 

There’s an error in the O.P. anyway.
Space comes in cubic meters, not in square meters.

10 Months ago
chiarizio
 

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