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I Have A Question About An Assumption

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Posted by Rich on January 11, 2001 16:59:43 UTC

I will admit, I just read the part of Chapter 1 in the solution section about the assumption of the universe and its three consequences. My concern is with consequence 3.

"3. The number of subsets which make up the universe must be infinite. No matter how many subsets have been examined, ones model of the universe must allow for the existence of another subset not yet examined. This is the very definition of infinity."

I disagree with this. The universe does not consist of an infinite amount of subsets in the sense that one subset may be different than the second, but by only such a minut way that it is neglible. The current size of the universe is finite, very large, but finite. I don't understand how you can have a realistic infinite numbers of sets in a finite universe. You may have a number that no computer on Earth can comprehend yet, but the number of realistic sets is rather set in stone, per each moment, for the number is increasing, but at a possibly known rate.

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