The question, “is infinity knowable,” has plagued the brightest of philosophers for millennia.
Well, maybe not plagued so much as they’ve occasionally given it passing consideration, but only when the weather is too miserable to go out and enjoy themselves.
And the “brightest of philosophers” might be an exaggeration. Most of them are more along the lines of barbers with spare time on their hands, which is not to say there is anything wrong with barbers with spare time on their hands. Many of them are fine, upstanding individuals. And they give good haircuts.
And I’m not sure about millennia either. For example, I know of one philosopher-barber who only started considering the “is infinity knowable” question a week ago last Tuesday. Prior to that, most of his adult life had been consumed with considering the question of whether his next-door neighbour was knowable in the biblical sense. He moved on from that question only after finally realizing that the answer was almost certainly no unless he used force. He considered the use of force to be completely immoral, without exception. That didn’t stop him from considering using it, but he suspected that she was emotionally and physically capable of beating the crap out of him if he so much as made a pass at her, so he let morality win out in this instance.
All of that having been said, whether infinity is knowable remains an interesting question. Of course, the brightest of philosophers figured it out long ago, but they’re keeping the answer to themselves because they consider themselves to be so far superior to us peons. Elitist snobs! Only charlatan “philosophers” provide us common folk with their answers to this question and their answers aren’t worth what you’d pay for them, which is typically roughly equivalent to the price of a cup of unfiltered tap-water, if that.
That notwithstanding, I will address the question of the knowability of infinity below.
First, one must consider what one means by “knowable.” Conceptually, we can understand infinity. It simply means “absolutely everything there is raised to the power of infinity.” Being self-referential, that’s not a terribly useful definition, but it is sufficient for most of us plebeians, who really couldn’t give a fig for the question or its answer, and it has the advantage of creating the illusion that we can understand it.
So, at a conceptual level, yes, infinity is knowable, in a manner of speaking. But what about in practical terms? Is it possible to know an infinity of anything? For us mortal beings, the answer is clearly no. Our brains contain a finite number of neurons and synapses and, therefore, are capable of directly knowing a finite number of things. For some people, that doesn’t extend much beyond the size of a shopping list for a day’s worth of groceries for a family of three, and often not even that. But lets leave my Church colleagues out of it, shall we?
So, for us humans, the answer is definitely, no. We can’t directly know infinity in any practical sense of the word know—i.e., a sense that is of use to people other than philosophers who hope to earn a living by contemplating such nonsense.
Can God(s) Know Infinity?
But we aren’t the only beings capable of knowing, are we? There is also our Creator, God One, to consider. Can He directly know infinity? If He has an infinite mind then the answer is yes, otherwise no.
So the question then comes down to, does God One have an infinite mind?
Are you out of your freaking gourd? How can you even ask such a question? If God One had an infinite mind would He have created a world where tectonic plates push under, bump into or roughly slide against one another and where molten rock spews violently up through holes in the ground, often at the most inopportune of times and places? And don’t get me started on the necessity or, rather, lack thereof of winter.
And would an infinite mind create such flawed bodies as ours? Personally, I’d rather not get sick, need corrective lenses or fart smelly farts. And why the hell did He have to wire our eyes backward? Did you know that? Our eyes are wired backward. The nerves from them are wired out front and then have to pass through a hole to get to deliver signals to our brain, creating a blind spot.
No, there can be no doubt that we and our world were created by a finite mind that obviously couldn’t think of everything. And a finite mind can’t directly know infinity other than in an abstract sense.
But God One is not the only god, is He? Because nothing can be created without a Creator, there was another god, God Two, who created Him. And She needed another god to create Her. And so on. So there must be an infinite number of gods. That fundamental, inescapable truth is the very foundation of the Infinitian religion.
An infinite number of gods can directly know an infinity of things even if each of those gods’ minds is finite. Thus, infinity is directly knowable, but only by an infinity of gods and only if you consider them as a collective.
Now that you have a definitive answer to the question of whether infinity is knowable, you are undoubtably asking yourself, “What the hell use is that to me?” Absolutely none, but the Chief Sage Officer and the Chief Marketing Officer of the Church of Infinitiaty were ragging on me for neglecting this blog, so I had to come up with something or risk losing my job. This is the best I’ve got.