An ancient greek philosopher, an ancient greek hero, and Shrodenger's cat walk into a bar. Ok, forget the cat. The philosopher gets so drunk that he decides to prove to the hero that he cant reach the finish line of a 100 meter dash because he would have to go half the remaining distance an infinite number of times.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Now, we all know that the philosopher's reasoning was purposefully flawed, but DO WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN that movement is possible in a universe where distance is not quantized? After all, we haven't got such a universe to experiment on. Do we know for certain that a complex universe where distance and time are NOT quantized could even have self consistent rules? If the answer is yes, do we know that such a universe could support life?

As a side note: an exercise left for the reader's calculator, how many times would the hero have to go half the distance before he got a planck length from the finish line? Bonus points for the person who has to press the fewest buttons to find the answer.

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# The 100 Meter Dash

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