Nicolas wrote: ↑Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:15 pm
Germann wrote: ↑Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:04 pm
How can a finite number of possible combinations NOT realized in the infinite past? The specificity of our example
is that the number of possible combinations is limited (although it is greater than the Shannon number).
A perfect counter-example is the chess one mentioned earlier. There are only a finite number of possible chess games. Yet, supposing an infinity of games played in the past, because games are not played randomly, some games are very likely to have never been played.
Excellent, the conversation has moved to chess analogies. I love chess and analogies.
As Nicholas noted, if you take some strong chess players, say chess masters and above and have them play an infinite amount of games, none of them will be something like:
1. f3 e5
2. g4?? Qh4#
And then for the purpose of this thought experiment, let's say when someone plays a game at 5000 elo skill, one attains full awakening. (don't take this literally, this is just for the thought experiment).
Patzers could play all day and night for infinite time, they will not reach full awakening.
For chess masters and GMs, there is the potential for them to play at 5000 elo skill after a very long time, but no guarantee. They eventually attain nibbana. The patzers and animals don't attain and are reborn, as mentioned in my previous posts, samsara continues . . .