Sorry for the long delay between posts; I was temporarily sucked in to the infinite. While doing some reading about set theory (foundational stuff for probability and, in fact, all of mathematics), I veered off into the infinite and had a hard time climbing back out. I’m guessing you already know most of the basics about sets: compliments and unions and intersections. You may even know some of the stranger parts, like G. Cantor’s cascading crescendo of cardinalities. But knowing those in a cursory way (and really, that’s all a work-a-day statistician or even probabilist needs) isn’t the same as really exploring them.

Looking up again now after several weeks, I feel like I’ve traveled three levels deep in a dream, lost in a purgatory I could only escape by answering questions like “Is a line *made up *of points, or does it *have *points?”, “Is it possible to count what you cannot fully name”, and “In an unbounded universe, is the compliment of the compliment of an object the same as the original object?”. I know, I know. I should have taken that left back at Albuquerque, I shouldn’t have swallowed the red pill. Still, it’s been an interesting trip to say the least, and I feel like I may now be coming back up the the surface, a little bit wiser and a lot more confused than when I began.

Meanwhile, I’ve added a couple items to the “Manifesto” and, The Architect permitting, will be posting a theory on Types of Randomness soon. Post should take between 1 and 10 days to complete, with 95% confidence. Hum… better make that an 80% confidence interval, I still haven’t wrapped my head around the whole idea of forcing.

Tags: cantor, inception, infinite, set theory