Monday, September 14, 2009

An Interesting Paradox

It seems that there is a very strange paradox.
Bear with me, it's confusing.
Now, we all know that the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything is 42.
We even know the ultimate question is: what do you get when you multiply 6 by 9?
Now, every fourth-grader can tell you that that's wrong, but that is not the case. Due to an accident in our physiological development 6X9 does not equal 42.
However, as you may or may not know, 6X9 in base 13 does equal 42.
Now, we think in base 10, because we have 10 fingers. This would suggest that the creator of the universe has 13 fingers. Not a far stretch for the imagination, the number 13 has many implications in many cultures.
I will go off on a tangent here for a moment.
It seems that the actual question is nonsense. Since Prack The Truthful said that in any universe the question and the answer would cancel each other out.
So now the question makes even less sense. Not only is it the wrong math, but it's also not really the question.
That brings me to conclude that the point of the question is so that we will reach the conclusion that cosmic mathematics should be done in base 13.
Back to my original point, this brings us to the paradox.
If the creator of the universe has 13 fingers, then clearly there is no symmetry involved!
Now the physicists are all clonking their heads in frustration. For the rest of humanity I will try to explain.
Physicists set a great store by symmetry. In physics, particularly in particle physics, there is a lot of symmetry. Up and down, side to side, mirror symmetry, spin... and so on.
Additionally, physicists like to think that beauty and simplicity (and hence symmetry) are the ways of the universe. It's no law, and nothing that has been proved, but it's just a way of looking at it. It helps to create and/or discard theories.
For example, all of the attempts to unify quantum mechanics with relativity stem from this idea. It makes a sort of simple sense that the universe will have one set of rules, not 2.
Anyway, if the creator has 13 fingers, then the creator's hands are not symmetrical! Therefore symmetry would be a foreign concept to the creator, and any symmetry we might encounter in the universe will be purely accidental, not design!
So the ultimate answer leads us to the conclusion that all the physics we thought we knew is wrong, but the fact remains that it works!
How weird is that?

TLDR: Due to logic the universe may cease to exist, or at least not behave the way we think it should.

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