Infinite number of explanations for something

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In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of there being infinite explanations for common knowledge, using mathematics as an example. It is compared to different languages, where the underlying meaning may be the same even with different syntax and terminology. The core idea remains unchanged, despite the variations in expression.
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I was watching a movie, basic instinct, and i got to thinking. I wondered, is it possible to have an infinite number of explanations for something. Mathematics sprung to mind. Could and entirely different scheme exist for explaining wat math does? Like different languages: je suis american, i am american. Two ways of saying the same thing.

It seems only logical that there could be any number of ways to explain things we see as common knowledge, atypically.
 
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First of all, basic instinct is a great movie. And what do your questions have to do with that movie?
 
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yomamma said:
First of all, basic instinct is a great movie. And what do your questions have to do with that movie?

Nothing at all. It was merely the impetus.
 
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i think you can change the syntax and terminology, but you're really not changing the core idea behind it.

the same way that with language, you can say the same thing many different ways in different languages, but most linguists believe there is some underlying fundamental "universal grammar", at least of some sort. it may look different, but it's really the same thing.

you can change the way we write math so that it looks nothing like we write it, but you can't change the meaning behind it. for instance a^2 + b^2 = c^2. I'm sure it's possible for that to be written in a completely foreign way, but in none of those ways would the statement be false--it just looks different.
 

1. What does it mean to have an infinite number of explanations for something?

Having an infinite number of explanations for something means that there are an unlimited amount of possible reasons or justifications for a particular phenomenon or event. It suggests that there is no single definitive answer or explanation, and that there are many different perspectives and interpretations that can be applied to the situation.

2. How does the concept of infinite explanations affect scientific understanding?

The concept of infinite explanations can challenge traditional scientific understanding by suggesting that there may not be a single, universal truth or explanation for a particular phenomenon. It encourages scientists to consider multiple perspectives and to continuously question and revise their understanding based on new information.

3. Can an infinite number of explanations lead to contradictions or conflicts?

Yes, it is possible for an infinite number of explanations to lead to contradictions or conflicts. This is because each individual may have their own unique perspective and interpretation, which can differ from others. However, it is important to continue exploring and examining different explanations in order to gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.

4. How do scientists determine which explanation is most likely to be correct?

Scientists evaluate and test different explanations using the scientific method. This involves making observations, forming hypotheses, conducting experiments, and analyzing data. The explanation that is supported by the most evidence and can consistently explain and predict the phenomenon is considered to be the most likely to be correct.

5. Are there any limitations to the concept of an infinite number of explanations?

Yes, there are limitations to the concept of an infinite number of explanations. It can be difficult to determine which explanation is the most accurate or relevant, and it can also be overwhelming to consider an infinite number of possibilities. Additionally, some explanations may be based on subjective beliefs or opinions rather than scientific evidence.

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