Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alarming mathematical thought for the day

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It seems some people don't like remembering History. There are certainly plenty enough people who will gladly ditch all things ancient as "out of fashion". I don't know why that should be, but ... anyways. My alarming mathematical (and also historical) thought for the day is to remark that the past, History, is the thing that is grow, among past and future. We like to think of the future opening up before us, spreading out ever new and increasing possibilities, but this is an illusion. What grows in this direction is our imagination of the future, not the future itself; and this is built, of course, on the growing past. Each of us, gradually, is running out of future, and one day all that's left for each of us will be Eternity.

That's my thought for the day.



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