Imagine a sentence that is constructed backwards to infinity.

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  1. davidelkins Registered Senior Member

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    Imagine a sentence that is constructed backwards to infinity, where words are added one by one. DE
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  3. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

    You can only go back as far as the big bang

    If you contend you can continue going past the big bang you still cannot reach backwards to Infinity

    What would be the first word?

    What language?

    How frequently are words added?

    Are words added with a goal in mind to produce a rational sentence?

    Your language seems to indicate a start point of NOW (ie the LAST word) and adding words heading for the first word???

    Enough enough

    The post makes as much sense as parachutes on a submarine

    First and last from Moi

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  5. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

    OK, I imagined that. Now what?
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  8. kx000 Valued Senior Member

    Heaven and paradise are singular :/
  9. C C Consular Corps - "the backbone of diplomacy" Valued Senior Member

    "Backward" is ambiguous and could variously mean the words are being "constructed" in reverse order, as a mirror-imaging appearance, in the temporal direction of the past, etc...

    Even if the expressions contained in the sequence did not have to make sense, there would still be a finite number of combinations in English or another Euro language which would eventually have to repeat so as to continue endlessly (appealing to Frege's “unpredictably many” or "uncalculably many" doesn't detour or slay the inevitability). One infers, however, that to qualify as a "word" and a "sentence" to begin with, that some level of semantics and syntax is intended (i.e., the total gibberish route isn't acceptable and could be rejected).

    Taking that into account, the sentence might intermittently switch and choose from among a hypothetical infinite number of languages employing different alphabets (which is to say, new languages could be continuously invented). However, it likewise seems a stretch that the pool of different shapes and designs and patterns recruited as distinct character sets for such differing symbolic systems could truly be an inexhaustible one.

    Thus it seems that the sequence can be said to inherently embrace repeats, even if initially claimed otherwise and it requiring staggeringly vast tracts or intervals for those replications to finally start occurring (especially with the aid of ingenuity).

    Needless to say, something having an infinite character would not refer to a completed condition of be-ing, but to an open-ended process of increasing some type of magnitude (via addition, division, etc). For it to be a completed condition or measurement would contradictorily make it finite, regardless of the incredible quantity, size, etc.

    Something could be claimed to be humanly "immeasurable" in practice (receiving a mundane meaning of infinite in that respect). But to be "immeasurable" in even theory (that is, not even an omnipotent god or whatever could do it), requires an everlasting status of being incomplete; turning the affair into an open-ended process.
  10. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    Good effort!
  11. iceaura Valued Senior Member

    Doesn't German, among other languages, build like that routinely?
  12. Equinox Registered Member

    To what end/purpose exactly?

    Most thought experiments have some sort of purpose behind them, what is yours if you don't mind me asking?

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