What’s the Point?

Ever tried to imagine a point? You know, one of those shapeless ‘things’ the mind imagines.

So a line is what? And a square? So to a cube, which is 3 dimensional, and a physical object.

So what is a line? It’s something drawn on a flat surface of a 3-D object. It has length and width, 2-D or 2 dimensions. It has to have width because if not you could not ‘see it’.

And a line with no length is a point, or a dot, or since we drew it with a lead pencil, a very thin cylinder having width (diameter) and depth.

So can you imagine a point in isolation ?

I suspect if one has a severe case of mathematitus one could imagine all sorts of things pertaining to the point one is making a point of waffling about. These might be described as ‘thought experiments’, or pointless arguments.

So be wary of the mathematicians among us leading us to pointless points of rhetoric.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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