BlueCrab wrote:Thank you! Once again an otter has helped me fix a glitch in my worldview. The idea that an infinite universe would contain various obnoxious scenarios has always really bothered me. The possibility for horrors still exist, of course, but they're not guaranteed by the very definition of the universe.
On a similar note, there is something I have pondered for years now. Pretty much any obnoxious scenario/scene can be portrayed in a black & white (I used to Ponder 256 bit colour, but B&W suffices for this thought experiment) image of relatively low resolution. For the sake of argument, we can choose the OTC format of 553 x 395 pixels. We can also assume 2 colours, black and white. This ignores things like anti-aliasing and fades, but they are not needed to convey a point. 2 colours should do it and where they do fall short, there is always dithering.
So that's 218435 pixels, each of which has 2 values. That's 2218,435. It is an EXCEEDONGLY large number; Our visible universe only has ~ 1080 or 2265.8 (How do you do that conversion? I trial & errored it with a calculator) atoms.
Yes, this number is horrifically large, but the point is, it's finite!
In this finite number of possible images, you have every perceivable thing. You have the next NewPix. You have every NewPix that has been. You have every new pix there will be. You have every newpix there could be. You have every simple black & white comic there ever has or will be. You have every (crudely displayed) image of every thing there ever has been or ever will be, every image of every thing that will never be. Every QR code, therefore every piece of encoded text, therefore snippets from every book that has ever been or will be, in every language percievable.
Basically, everything. All in a finite number.
A whole HUGE chunk of those images will just be random noise. The number would be a whole lot smaller if you could remove those from the list. Each one of those images you imagined and could not imagine, also comes in 'inverted', upside down, mirrored, rotated through 180 degrees. Upside down and inverted, etc etc etc. There is a lot of chuff that could be mathematically removed to make this number smaller.
This actually hurts my head. I tried working out the number once, but eventually gave up when I realized the sheer scale of things here
Yes, there are some things that would hold too much info to fit into an image that size, but, then all you need to do is split it up into 553 x 395 chunks and *each* one of those chunks will be included in the list of possible images...
ETA. OH! I am pagepope! Uhhmmm, by papal decree, tell us about something that boggles your mind!