** **

**Don’t be so quick as to think that 2 + 2 = 4.**

**What did he just say?**

**He must be a little whack-a-doodle.**

**“Cuckoo- Cuckoo – Cuckoo”**

**I said 2 + 2 is not necessarily equal to 4.**

**Indeed! A bit cracked, zany, outrageous.**

**Well how about factorials?**

**5! = 5 X 4 X 3 X 2 X 1 = 120**

**So what are you going to do**

**bore us to death with math?**

**No. Just using pure logic **

**to disprove pure logic. **

**Proceed my good man.**

**Well – – – look at this. **

**It supposedly represents a numeric series**

**like the above; each number ‘n’ is multiplied**

**by all the numbers before it to form ‘n!’.**

**We already did 5! above. Now lets do 3!.**

**3 X 2 X 1 = 6 not so hard; was it?**

**And your point is – – – ?**

**My point is – – – well – – – **

**just compare the ‘n’ column **

**with the ‘n!’ column.**

**See anything strange?**

**n n!**

**0 1**

**1 1**

**2 2**

**3 6**

**4 24**

**5 120**

**– – – and so on and so forth.**

**SO?**

**Why are 0! and 1! both equal to 1?**

**You got me. It’s your post.**

**It is illogical unless there is some other**

**action taking place that is not obvious.**

**I believe it is “by definition.”**

**Please go on.**

**It is just like 2 + 2.**

**It has been defined to us.**

**You are starting to get a little weird.**

**Sure am. But let me ask you another question.**

**Feel free.**

**And I promise this is the last arithmetic one.**

**Why, IF a circle is so logical, **

**so symmetrical **

**and so cyclical **

**do we have Pi ****(π)**

**being an ****approximate **

**(and I say ‘approximate’**

**because there seems to be **

**no end)**

**when stated as the decimal 3.14159 – – -?**

**However, if we state it **

**as the fraction 22/7 then it does**

**seem logical.**

**Well, it is just natural.**

**Yes. I believe you have a point.**

**The decimal version never ends, or at least**

**no one has ever found the end.**

**So Pi or π or 3. 14159 leaves us a little uncomfortable.**

**Yet 22/7 does not because it appears exact.**

**So π is as natural as the Universe.**

**Say what?**

**Yes, the universe has no definite end.**

**Therefore we could use ****π to define**

**the Universe; or at least as a model **

**of the Universe.**

**Where are you going with all of this?**

**What if someone came up with **

**another system of mathematics?**

**Well – – – for one – – – we would **

**have to create millions of **

**new books with the new definition.**

**Enough of the math stuff.**

**OK, Let us ask a ‘Wittgenstein question’.**

**A what?**

**Wittgnstein asked the question **

**“what would 5 o’clock look like **

**if you were on the sun.”**

**That makes no sense.**

**We would be burned to a crisp.**

**Yes. But let’s suspend that thought**

**for just a minute.**

**I’ll humor you.**

**But you were correct; **

**it makes no sense.**

**No sense, because our time **

**is based on the movement **

**of the earth around its axis.**

**Yes, I can see what you are getting at.**

**So what time would it be**

**if I looked at my watch and**

**it was 5 o’clock and**

**I was on the sun.**

**Damned if I know, bloke.**

**Damned if I know either.**

**Because the logical answer is **

**that I am on the sun and yet am using **

**a snapshot of the rotation of the earth to tell time;**

**my watch is the snapshot.**

**I said you were wacka-doodle-doo.**

**But what if we were **

**not on the sun **

**but on another planet where the**

**sun could be used to tell time.**

**I think I would have to be some**

**sort of scientist to determine that.**

**True, my friend. But time would not**

**match up with our concept **

**of time on earth.**

**So we would have to invent **

**another method for **

**dividing up the day?**

**Yes, the day – – – and the night – – –**

**if there were such a thing as night****.**

**I am beginning to get your drift.**

**FINALLY!**

**So, as I asked before, **

**where are we going**

** with all of this?**

**Maybe 1 + 1 = 8**

**And maybe my mother smokes a pipe.**

**Maybe she does!**

**HEY! That’s my mother you’re talking about.**

**You’re the one that brought it up.**

**Let’s get back to your crazy math.**

**Well – – – what if we only had eight fingers?**

**Well – – – what if you had half a brain?**

**No, I am serious. What if the number ‘1’**

**did not represent just one item. **

**Maybe someplace in some specific **

**time period (long, long ago)**

**it represented ‘1’ paw? **

**And what if that paw only had **

**three digits and one thumb.**

**So one paw would equal four digits**

**and two paws would equal eight digits.**

**VIOLA! 1 + 1 = eight digits**

**Yes, but you just changed everything.**

**We don’t live “long, long ago.” **

**We live in the present.**

**But that doesn’t make the logic of**

**1 + 1 = 8 at some point in time**

**illogical.**

**You are starting to make your point.**

**So anything could be possible at**

**some place and some point in time;**

**CORRECT?**

**If you say so.**

**Did you know that Rsabha **

**lived for 8,400,000 years?**

**Hell, you don’t even know **

**how to spell Reba; **

**and she surely isn’t that old.**

**Rsabha is the first establisher/teacher **

**of the Jainism of India and the first man **

**to transcend the life/death cycle.**

**Ooops. My bad.**

**And Nemi lived for 1000 years **

**(the twenty-second man to transcend **

**the life/death cycle) **

**and Parsva for 100 years **

**(the twenty-third man to transcend **

**the life/death cycle).**

**At least, now, you are using **

**the base 10 for counting.**

**and Mahavira for 72 years?**

**Now that sounds logical.**

**and that one specific purva encapsulates **

**70,560,000,000,000 years?**

**WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!**

**Jains had the most sophisticated mathematics**

** even during Shri Adinath Prabhu’s time. **

**In counting, the scriptures of Jainism; **

**a ‘Purva’ was used.**

**A scripture tells time?**

**No. One purva encapsulates a specific time period.**

**And there are multiple purvas?**

**Yes.**

**So total Jainism time is the number**

**of purvas times **

**70,560,000,000,000 years?**

**No. Each purva only encapsulates**

**one specific time period.**

**And how did the first teacher live to be **

**8,400,000 years old?**

**Well he had to go through several**

**life/death cycles before he was eligible**

**to leave humanity behind and become**

**a teacher.**

**So we don’t get very many teachers do we?**

**The good thing is that each teacher**

**leaves us instructions. That makes it **

**easier for the next teacher who also **

**leaves behind additional instructions**

**and so on and so forth.**

**Pretty interesting.**

**I thought so.**

**And that means that the time period**

**that all the purvas encapsulate**

**could be defined as ∞ (infinity).**

**But you** **said** **π could represent**

**the universe.**

**So ****π or ****∞ ****could represent the Universe**

**or infinity and also be interchangeable.**

**I suppose so.**

**And if the Universe always existed**

**then π could be God?**

**You’re dragging the question **

**into an area I feel **

**uncomfortable with.**

**You should feel uncomfortable.**

**Just because we think the way we do**

**does not make it so. **

**At least forever.**

**Times change.**

**Languages change.**

**Meanings change.**

**And those ideas also **

**make me feel uncomfortable.**

**But it is true. Sometimes we have to**

**abandon ideas if a new idea **

**presents itself out of the blue.**

**But why take the leap into the unknown?**

**Well – – – someone has to do it**

**so why not fill the void?**

**Or be ridiculed or put in prison?**

**Risk has its own rewards.**

**The joy of discovery for one.**

**Oh joy!**

**Catch ya later.**

**So long. **

**Try to stay out of **

**the looney bin.**

** © Waldo J. Tomosky**

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