The concept of infinity is all around us and is quite easy to grasp. Many people have difficulty visualizing infinity, because they try to define it through the eyes of their limited human existence, experiences or beliefs. Even scientists are limited, as they must turn to math and supercomputers to help define infinity. A dolphin is familiar with the air outside of water and has seen the sky, but it does not know outer space exists, however that does not mean outer space does not exist. The Earth is encompassed in outer space, the Milky Way is encompassed by the universe, so then what encompasses the universe? Is science and math as we know it enough to surmise that nothing lies beyond the universe?Only when you realize how insignificant tiny living creatures are in relation to the size of the Earth, as well as just how insignificant humans are in relation to the vastness of the universe, will you begin to understand and properly visualize the concept of infinity. One doesn't have to claim to know what lies beyond our reach and telescopes to fully understand infinity. Mentally stepping outside of one's body is a must.
Unfortunately, there is no correct answer to this question because the context is not defined. The question above was created by a human, with words that were created by humans, that represent concepts imagined by humans. I have voted yes, because any ideas or concepts that can be questioned, must be understood. This is in response to the assumption that the questioner is questioning if humans can understand the concept of "infinity". On the other hand, I think the real question that is trying to be asked is, "Can humans understand everything". If that were the question, I would vote no.
Unless they are on shrooms of course.
As an engineer, I have taken many very advanced classes in mathematics and particle physics. I myself, along with many others, understand the concept of infinity. It is not something that you can really visualize, but the concept isn't that hard. For instance, taking the limit of a function as a variable goes to infinity is an example where you must understand what infinity is.
Although I'm really not sure why some don't understand. It's a very simple thing to me. I think lots of people find it hard to grasp because it involves understanding and acknowledging the fact that things expand much further than we can reach and that most things are simply unknowable. Most people in the world seem to have this uncontrollable need to know absolutely everything. So when there is an unknown thing that they can't get they try to ignore it and pretend it's not real or make up ridiculous stories about it trying to pretend that they know it. Infinity is simply the fact of not knowing and people don't like that, but deep down I'm sure they understand it.
Infinity is a simple concept to understand. The fact that it is not reachable has nothing to do with the concept of understanding what it is. There are people who are smart enough to launch things to Mars and put satellites into orbit, so I'm pretty sure they can also understand the infinity concept.
Humans can understand infinity in a mathematical sense. Of course, since infinity is itself larger than anything that can be comprehended, there is another sense in which people cannot understand infinity. It is a paradox which is beyond our understanding. Nevertheless, we can understand it as an abstration of math.
I'm talking of course of innate understanding. Visualizing infinite is also simple, a loop with energy trapped in the path given is infinite, and expanding and contracting sphere is infinite, matter at its most stable is infinite, existence is infinite (we are talking about the area of existence that our universe came from). Many things in reality are unending or everlasting.
An individual that comes to these conclusions and removes the equation of time from the concept has truly understood the concept of infinity.
When you think carefully about infinity, you may get it. Consider the equation .9999...=1. We think of it as a .00000...1 difference between the two numbers, but if the zeroes never end, then the one will not exist. Just take a hard look at the number infinity, and soon you will understand
The electricity in our nerve system will never die just leave when the body stops to support its isolation.
- Energy and power in electricity is forever and eternal.
The constant is change. Stupidity is also a constant that helps in the aspect of achieving a perfect system lasting infinite
Infinity is just a concept. Being humans we analyze concepts with our limited neuronal possibilities. Understanding infinity starts by understanding that we will never understand it, thus not trying to limit it to a simple human concept. Infinity is fascinating us because we do not understand it, whereas the knowledge we understand becomes routine and unimpressive. The second step of understanding infinity is understanding that it's nothing really impressive; just something out of our reach. Life and death themselves are strongly linked with the finite and the infinite. A bee dies life goes on; mathematics go on. Thoughts are though to be abstract, yet they're confined thus can't understand some concepts of life which live independandtly of our emotions and thoughts.
As someone studying to be an engineer, I can tell you what infinity is, but understanding it is a whole different beast. It's kind of like quantum mechanics, as I can use the equations (That I know), but I can't conceptualize what it would be like. If you asked me to describe to you the world as it would appear on a sub-atomic scale, I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Infinity is similar, as to alot of people infinity is just a big number, just like to most people 0 always equals 0 (This sounds very dumb at the moment, but more on this later), but it doesn't work like that. 0 can describe absolutely nothing, but it could also describe 10^-nth power, similarily to how infinity describes 10^nth power, n being an unknown infinite number. Picture 10^nth donuts, can you see them? If you can, you failed...
What I'm trying to say in this long winded, akwardly worded paragraph is to say that although in theory you know what infinity means, you can't understand the implications of infinity.
Imagine a completely white area, no walls no nothing, just whiteness. (IMAGINE)
Now imagine a glass box, in this white area. (IMAGINE)
Imagine that the glass box is 100 times bigger than what you are imagining. (IMAGINE)
Imagine that the box, that your in, is infinite. (IMAGINE)
1. If you are outside the box looking in you cant understand infinity
2. If you can still see whiteness then you cant understand infinity
3. If you are not falling then you cant understand infinity
Let me know if you failed the test or if it was interesting
Truly understanding it would break our minds. Try to understand the number of stars in the sky, and it is just too high of a number; and that is for a number that is likely fixed! The closest we come to understanding it, is accepting our lack of the ability to understand it.
The problem with this question is that is doesn't ask the level of which infinity must be understood. I understand infinity on a basic level, I know what it is, and I can make a few dodgy analogies (circles etc.), but in it's complete sense, I don't think it's possible to fully understand anything. Certainly not something as big as infinity.
Humans have become sure that they must know everything. Think of it this way. Try to visualize not existing. You cant. Its beyond humans. We know nothing beyond existence and so we cannot even begin to comprehend it. Infinity is the same deal. We cant picture something that goes beyond our skill set. In this case, our ability to count.
The actual understanding of infinity is way beyond anything any person can comprehend. If you think about people in general, what we understand naturally are all things finite. It is not in man's nature to attach what is infinite to the universe. We have even attributed infinity with a value that doesn't even come close to explaining what it really is. My point being, man is finite. Every algorithm, equation, or concept that any person can think of is that of a finite nature. Man's algorithm itself is finite. Within those parameters, how can we even come close to knowing what infinity really is? To even say infinity is just a never ending value, in my opinion, limits what infinity really is.
Human beings as a whole must have an understanding of what is inside an area to truly understand it. For instance, we understand space because we have been exposed to a measurable amount of it, through travel and experience. However, in order to understand something with out a limit, you would need to possess a knowledge of exactly everything inside that space. Human beings cannot currently understand infinity because we still do not understand what infinity is. Infinity isn't a number or a definable object, it is an idea. Infinity is both possible and impossible, and through that logic, is impossible for the human mind to comprehend.
If you think you can understand infinity, stop joking yourself, you egomaniac. Infinity is so big that our finite brains don't have the cognitive capacity, even within our trillions of neurons. 19 More Words Needed 19 More Words Needed 19 More Words Needed 19 More Words Needed 19 More Words Needed
I can come up with multiple synonyms for infinity that would conclude that I have an agreeable handle of the word infinite. But to conceptualize infinity is impossible. Most of our brains don't even have the ability to conceptualize new ideas that would change mankind. Don't you think if we could think of an infinite amount of ideas we'd be a little better off
"There must be something spiritual about infinity, because I will never be able to grasp the concept. Of course I have an idea of it, but to truly grasp an understanding, I believe I would have to reach it, which is impossible. It does not refer to my reality." ~Andre L. West, Dream Quest One (2012)