## Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

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## Is it true that 1 = 0.999...? And Exactly Why or Why Not?

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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus,

Stop projecting man! Fuck! Even I still do it from time to time! It’s annoying as fuck!

You (in stating) that 0.999... is not a number is saying the exact same thing I’m saying when I state that infinities are not objects.

We’re just using different terminology for the same conclusion.

If “all” doesn’t ever describe infinity, then infinity ceases to possibly be a noun, it forces it to be a verb.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Ecmandu wrote:You (in stating) that 0.999... is not a number

That's not my statement.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus Anderson wrote:
Ecmandu wrote:You (in stating) that 0.999... is not a number

That's not my statement.

Ok. You copied someone else’s statement. Prove that it’s wrong.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

No possible being can hold “all” of an infinite sequence in their “minds eye” at once, all they can do is to infer it.

An object has an end. Say, a couch. Thus we call it a couch. Very simple. An infinite number of couches?

No way! We can infer it, but we cannot count it.

I don't see a syllogism here. I can't see it in a previous post either.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Ecmandu wrote:Ok. You copied someone else’s statement. Prove that it’s wrong.

Alright.

Let's say the full argument of that imaginary person of mine goes something like this:

1) $$0.999\dotso$$ has no end
2) Numbers must have an end
3) Therefore, $$0.999\dotso$$ is a number

I disagree with the second premise. The word "end" is not defined with respect to numbers. What does it mean for a number to have an end or to have no end?

The first premise is stating that the infinite expression represented by $$0.9 + 0.09 + 0.009 + \cdots$$ has no end. I agree with that. However, that infinite expression is a symbol, it is not the symbolized. It is that which represents, not that which is represented. It says NOTHING about that which is represented. So even if we accepted the second premise (that numbers must have an end), the conclusion does not follow.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus Anderson wrote:

No possible being can hold “all” of an infinite sequence in their “minds eye” at once, all they can do is to infer it.

An object has an end. Say, a couch. Thus we call it a couch. Very simple. An infinite number of couches?

No way! We can infer it, but we cannot count it.

I don't see a syllogism here. I can't see it in a previous post either.

Man you’re an asshole Magnus!

You have any idea how hard it is to write a syllogism?

You know what I’m saying, and you know what it means, and still you want a syllogism from ME!

Why don’t you write the fucking syllogism since in your other thread (in rant about the purpose of these boards) you criticized people for how lazy they are, and only non-lazy people are the only worthwhile beings - in other words walk that talk.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus Anderson wrote:
Ecmandu wrote:Ok. You copied someone else’s statement. Prove that it’s wrong.

Alright.

Let's say the full argument of that imaginary person of mine goes something like this:

1) $$0.999\dotso$$ has no end
2) Numbers must have an end
3) Therefore, $$0.999\dotso$$ is a number

I disagree with the second premise. The word "end" is not defined with respect to numbers. What does it mean for a number to have an end or to have no end?

The first premise is stating that the infinite expression represented by $$0.9 + 0.09 + 0.009 + \cdots$$ has no end. I agree with that. However, that infinite expression is a symbol, it is not the symbolized. It is that which represents, not that which is represented. It says NOTHING about that which is represented. So even if we accepted the second premise (that numbers must have an end), the conclusion does not follow.

Magnus!

You are so confused in this message!

Of course 0.999... is the symbol and not the symbolized. I’ve been saying that the whole fucking time!

The symbolized NEVER ends!!! NEVER is a temporal word!
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Ecmandu wrote:You know what I’m saying, and you know what it means, and still you want a syllogism from ME!

I don't understand the process of your reasoning which is why I am asking you to present a syllogism.

If it's too hard for you to write a syllogism, you have nothing to do on a philosophy forum.

Ecmandu wrote:Of course 0.999... is the symbol and not the symbolized. I’ve been saying that the whole fucking time!

The symbolized NEVER ends!!! NEVER is a temporal word!

My position is that it's the symbol, and not the symbolized, that never ends.

And when I say that it's the symbol that never ends, I do not mean to say that it's the symbol $$0.999...$$ that does so. That symbol is a finite sequence of characters, so it does end. It's this other symbol that does not end -- the one that cannot fit inside a post (because posts are finite.) The "invisible" one, so to speak.

Let me try to explain this with a different number. Consider $$1.000\dotso$$. This is a finite symbol because it is a finite sequence of characters. It represents $$1$$. I am pretty sure you agree. This symbol, however, is a shorter version of another symbol -- the infinite one -- that also represents $$1$$ despite the fact that it is infinite. It's a symbol best captured by the sentence "A one, followed by a dot, followed by an infinite number of zeroes". That thing is a symbol, it's not the symbolized. The symbolized is a number -- specifically, it is number $$1$$ -- and numbers have no notion of end.

What does it mean to say that a number has an end or that it does not have an end?
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus,

Syllogism wise, you’re asking me to prove something no human has ever proven before... it’s very HARD!! It could take years!

My sentences on the other hand are not HARD!

Magnus! Honestly dude!

“My position is that it’s the symbol and not the symbolized that never ends”

Wtf dude! That makes no mathematical sense to ANY mathematician!!!

Are you just saying shit to say shit?

Your deepest question though was about “what does it mean to say a number has an end or not an end”

That’s the hardest question in the world to answer!

Let me sleep on it!
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

One more thing.

This is an acceptable response:

1) Every single opinion of every single stupid person is false.
2) Magnus Anderson is a stupid person.
3) Magnus Anderson has an opinion that $$0.9 \neq 1$$.
4) Therefore, $$0.\dot9 \neq 1$$ is false.

This is acceptable because it addresses the question posed in the OP which is "Is $$0.\dot9 = 1$$?"

This is an unacceptable response:

"The reason Magnus Anderson is wrong on this subject is because he can't accept the possibility that he is wrong because that would shatter his excessively positive perception of himself. He thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and his entire existence depends so much on this belief, that he simply cannot allow anything to disturb it. If he wasn't so arrogant, he'd have learned by now that $$0.\dot9 = 1$$."

This is unacceptable because it's an answer to an unrelated question that is "Why is Magnus Anderson wrong on this subject?"

It's quite simply off-topic.

To make it worse, the question assumes the correct answer to the question posed in the OP.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus Anderson wrote:One more thing.

This is an acceptable response:

1) Every single opinion of every single stupid person is false.
2) Magnus Anderson is a stupid person.
3) Magnus Anderson has an opinion that $$0.9 \neq 1$$.
4) Therefore, $$0.\dot9 \neq 1$$ is false.

This is acceptable because it addresses the question posed in the OP which is "Is $$0.\dot9 = 1$$?"

This is an unacceptable response:

"The reason Magnus Anderson is wrong on this subject is because he can't accept the possibility that he is wrong because that would shatter his excessively positive perception of himself. He thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and his entire existence depends so much on this belief, that he simply cannot allow anything to disturb it. If he wasn't so arrogant, he'd have learned by now that $$0.\dot9 = 1$$."

This is unacceptable because it's an answer to an unrelated question that is "Why is Magnus Anderson wrong on this subject?"

It's quite simply off-topic.

To make it worse, the question assumes the correct answer to the question posed in the OP.

Magnus, you’re too ignorant about the topic to know what you’re asking!

These are the HARDEST tasks in number theory!
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Ecmandu wrote:Think about what you’re asking first before you call me “lazy”

Noone called you lazy.

Syllogism wise, you’re asking me to prove something no human has ever proven before... it’s very HARD!! It could take years!

My sentences on the other hand are not HARD!

The purpose of this thread is to present and examine arguments, not to merely exchange beliefs.

“My position is that it’s the symbol and not the symbolized that never ends”

Wtf dude! That makes no mathematical sense to ANY mathematician!!!

Are you just saying shit to say shit?

That must be the case.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Sorry for the tone... I get really cranky when my allergies act up and my body is filled with histamines.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus,

Basically you asked “what does it mean that a number has an end or not an end?”

That’s the hardest question in all of number theory.

There are two reasons why.

1.) Data doesn’t get destroyed in an ultimate sense... it can always be reconstructed. Thus all numbers are technically infinite

2.) every ‘finite’ number equals an infinity.

Much like my example of the number 1.

1=

1/2+1/2
1/4+1/4+1/4+1/4
1/8+1/8+1/8+1/8+1/8+1/8+1/8+1/8

Etc... you get the picture.

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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

What's up, Ec?

I have a question for you. Are you willing to answer it?

What's the number of numbers that we can get by dividing $$1$$ by a natural?

The number of such numbers is infinite, correct?

$$\frac{1}{1}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{3}, \dotso$$

Is there are a number greater than every number in that list?

There is, right? For example, $$2$$ is greater than every single number in that list.

In fact, there are many such numbers: $$2$$, $$3$$, $$4$$ and so on.

So if we can speak of numbers greater than every number of the form $$\frac{1}{n}$$ where $$n$$ is a natural number, why can't we speak of numbers greater than every integer?

I say "numbers" instead of "a number" intentionally.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Magnus Anderson wrote:What's up, Ec?

I have a question for you. Are you willing to answer it?

What's the number of numbers that we can get by dividing $$1$$ by a natural?

The number of such numbers is infinite, correct?

$$\frac{1}{1}, \frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{3}, \dotso$$

Is there are a number greater than every number in that list?

There is, right? For example, $$2$$ is greater than every single number in that list.

In fact, there are many such numbers: $$2$$, $$3$$, $$4$$ and so on.

So if we can speak of numbers greater than every number of the form $$\frac{1}{n}$$ where $$n$$ is a natural number, why can't we speak of numbers greater than every integer?

I say "numbers" instead of "a number" intentionally.

Not that list, no. There are very complicated non-rational concepts that presumably defy lists.

Chaitin is famous (called chaitin numbers) for proving that an infinite list can only be expressed as a number enumerating it as itself.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

A does not equal not-A. Except when it does, but then you’ll have to call it something else. Since “A” is already taken.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

Iamthegodoftruth wrote:A does not equal not-A. Except when it does, but then you’ll have to call it something else. Since “A” is already taken.

This is moronic. There has never been an “A” that has ever equaled another “A”, if you think, subatomic particles. But because of our lack of perceptual acuity, they look exactly the same. All equality is, is a lack of perceptual acuity... we have something called ‘categories’ and we rely on them every second of everyday. These are platonic forms.
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### Re: Is 1 = 0.999... ? Really?

In the universe of more of less the model that gets the job done wins.
The purpose of my life would seem to be to express the truth as I discover it, but in such a manner that it is completely devoid of authority. By having no authority, by being seen by all as utterly unreliable, I express the truth and put everyone in a contradictory position where they can only save themselves by making the truth their own.
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