I was recently reading a book by Douglas Adams called ‘The Restaurant at the end of the Universe’. It is the follow up to ‘The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy’ and defiantly surpasses it in more way than one. But that debate is for another day. Well anyway upon reading the book I came across the most logical and well formed arguments that I have ever read. The argument of course pertained to the population of the universe and the fact that the total population is actually zero. Yeah I know, how can that be possible? If the population of the universe is zero then who am I addressing through this blog? And and on a more important note, if the population of the universe is in fact zero then how am I actually writing this blog post? Its probably best not to get too stuck into this debate right now. It would take years of typing, resulting in my fingers being reduced to bloody stumps. And i have my suspicions that the answer would be less than satisfactory resulting with myself, and the rest of the universe, dissolving into non-existence. But like I said, I’m not getting into this right now. So anyway getting back to the point, here’s the quote:
It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.
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