# Re: [asa] Thermodynamics & Eternal Universe - A Question

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <dfsiemensjr@juno.com>
Date: Wed Oct 01 2008 - 14:37:03 EDT

On Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:25:55 -0700 "Dehler, Bernie"
<bernie.dehler@intel.com> writes:
>
> Hi Christine- I'm not a physicist, but wanted to give you an idea of
> something I think about on this topic, I heard from elsewhere. It
> has to do with an infinite regress.
>
> Here's a logical proof that time couldn't have been going on for
> infinity past:
>
> To get to the current moment, you have to pass through the prior
> moment. Since you can't ever find the most prior moment, since it
> is infinite, then it is impossible to arrive at the current moment.
>
> For that reason, we need a starting point for time- when time
> actually started. It appears that most scientists say that at the
> big bang, time was created, as well as space. This solves the
> riddle for the beginning of time. More riddles follow- where did
> the big-bang energy come from, and what set it off "when" it did
> (you can't say "when" because there actually was no time at any
> point before the big bang).
>
> ...Bernie
>
This argument begs the question of a continuum. I cannot argue that,
because the mathematical continuum extends infinitely, so that I can find
neither the first number nor the last, I cannot know that the integer 2
precedes 3.
Dave (ASA)
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