Monday, October 25, 2004

The consolations of philosophy

After a stunning comeback in the playoffs, Boston is now up two games in the World Series and the Red Sox Nation is in a tizzy. Will the Fenway boys break our hearts again?

Well, consider this. In any finite bubble of the universe -- say that part we see with our telescopes -- there is only a finite number of particles, and therefore a hugely large but finite number of ways they can be put together.

If the universe is infinite in extent, as most cosmologists now believe, then there must be another bubble of space exactly like this one down to the smallest detail, and still other bubbles different from this one in every possible way.

So even if the Sox blow it, in classical Sox fashion, we can know that somewhere else they won the Series.

There, now doesn't that make you feel better?