# How many souls?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

One night, I dreamt of having a conversation with someone of alien origin.
I asked, how many souls were alotted for each cycle of the universe. The answer was 56/63. I asked what did that mean. They said: It is a formula which 56 is the final whole number followed by a numeric sequence of 63 decimal places.
For Example: The count begins as 0.+ (62 zeros) + 1, then, 2, 3, 4, and so on.
The value of each number would be equal to a single entity. This count continues until the final whole number of 56 is reached. What is the final number of souls

42 .

How could the number total 42 when useing the sequence as discribed: before the last number is counted, the sequence would read: 55.9 + 62 nines (+ .1 would total 56)

How could the number total 42 when useing the sequence as discribed: before the last number is counted, the sequence would read: 55.9 + 62 nines (+ .1 would total 56)
42 is a joke.

If you type "the answer to life, the universe and everything" into google you will see it google responds with the number 42.

It is from a comedy book written by Douglas Adams called "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

RE: How many souls

An interesting sidebar to the "How many souls" formula. Although I don't see an apparent connection to an individual soul, or life force, the formula for Pi is 3.14, the so-called golden ratio portion, 1.68, both can be extended to 63 decimal places and beyond. Both numbers can be found in the 56/63 formula

HallsofIvy
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Since you haven't explained what "It is a formula which 56 is the final whole number followed by a numeric sequence of 63 decimal places." means you can say pretty much anything you want.

HallsofIvy
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Myself, I was going to suggest Pepto-Bismol just before bed!

Ok, I will clarify. In order to save space, I will try illustrate the formula as:
Starting: 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001
2
3
4

This numeric sequence is continued until every decimal zero is counted.

Before the final number is counted, the sequence would read:
55.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
+ 1
= 56.0

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chroot
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