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Re: I Have Always Heard That Matter Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed

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Posted by Dean Anderson/">Dean Anderson on September 5, 1999 21:33:11 UTC

Suppose you had a clock. The minute hand tells you the particular minute within the hour. This particular minute hand has a certain distance to travell around the clock. For simplicity sake let us assume that the clock is a unit circle in 2 dimensions. Now the hand has to travell from say 12 (1/2 pi on x , y coordinates) to 3 oclock (0 pi or 2pi on x , y coordinates) if the hand can never reach its destination due to that particular paradox posed about the runner then can it ever actually begin to move? Because it has to pass through the halfway point to 0 pi but it also has to pass through the halfway point to that particular halfway point. It also has to get to the halfway point to that halfway point. The divisions are endless. As a result the hand should never actually begin to move because it can never get to the halfway halfway halfway point to begining. So the fact that the runner actually begins running disproves that thought about him never reaching his destination. If he can beginning he already has passed through an infinite number of halfway points so the fact that his destination is also an infinite number of halfway points away is of no consequence. He has travelled through an infinity already so then he can continue through it again and as a result reach the intended destination.

These are my thoughts and others may find them absurd and pointless but the point is made and if someone would like to prove me wrong I would greatly appreciate it because with the acceptance of failure comes growth.

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