So, first off, I have absolutely no training on this topic, and I've never taken a physics class (which may be obvious in my post, LOL). I was wondering about the general concept of infinity with special focus on infinite universes, though, and wanted to see if anybody would comment. Several times now, I've been watching a program on Discovery or Science Channel in which renowned physicists seem to claim that infinite universes exist. I have trouble with this for a few reasons, and would appreciate some feedback.
Their main argument seems to be that, because an object has infinite possibilities (not sure exactly what they mean here--possibilities with regard to... location?), then it follows that there are infinite universes in which the object exists in those possible states.
- So, my first question is, does the existence of infinite universes imply the existence of infinite matter? Or would a finite amount of matter exist in the infinite universes at the same time? The rest of my questions rely upon this.
- If I agree to the premise that an object has infinite possibilities, is that just a property or quality of the object? Why does this premise imply anything about the quantity of objects?
- The scientists will illustrate their point with the idea that there exists a universe in which Napoleon won the war and Elvis is still alive. With this illustration, are they treating infinity like a number by pulling out a single instance? I know there are infinite integers, and you can identify a single integer, but that's a concept and not matter.
- For each possibility, is there also an "anti-possibility"?
- I'm gonna go ahead and ignore black holes for now.