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Journey to Infinity

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and what you might find along the way

*5 Towards Infinity*

Infinity has been mentioned several times. Do you know
what it is? Are you sure? Do you agree with these dictionary definitions?

— Time without end.

— The state of having no boundaries or limits in time,
space, etc.

— Endless time, space, or quantity.

— The state of being endless or having no limits.

(There are other more complex definitions for people
interested in Maths and Physics.)

I can't tell you what infinity really is because I don't
know. Jump straight into these BrainWorks and see if you can work it out. This
is where you start thinking *philosophically*.

*No need to click here*. BrainWorks
for philosophical thinking

**1** The repeating patterns inside a perfect
Mandelbrot pattern are said to go on to infinity. If you go on a 'journey to
infinity' it will have no end. Infinity has no boundaries or limits. Can your
journey
have a *start*?

**2** Items in space have dimensions. Events in time have a start and
sometimes a finish. They can all be measured in one way or another. The universe
exists in space and time. This means that the universe is *finite* — it has
limits which can be measured. If
this is so, what is outside the universe?

**3 **If you are familiar with the 'Big Bang'
theory of an expanding universe, you could discuss what the universe is
expanding *into*. It cannot be space and time. If it were space and time, it would be part of
the universe. So what is it?

**4** Everything that happens in space also happens in
time. Everything that happens in time also happens in space. In the absence of
space and time, nothing exists or can happen. If that is true, what does the
word 'eternity' mean?

**5** When you go 'deeper into' the Mandelbrot fractal,
you are in theory going 'towards infinity'. Where are you going if you 'move out
of' the Mandelbrot fractal, away from it, or backwards? Can you go further away
from infinity? Are we using the wrong words for this question?

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