Infinity denial

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Infinity denial is a liberal tendency to deny the power, scope, or usefulness of infinity. The roots of this tendency made be a tendency to disbelieve eternity, or biblical parables or miracles that highlight the logic of infinity. Infinity denial is a type of the more general liberal denial.

Depression and pessimism can be the result of infinity denial. Indeed, atheism or agnosticism can be rooted in an illogical infinity denial, and by correcting this error then unlimited faith and happiness can follow.

Infinity denial includes an incorrect denial that an infinite series of numbers can have infinite subseries.

Denial that pi contains pi is another manifestation of infinity denial.


Apeirophobia is a well-established fear of infinity, by which an individual can even have a panic attack at the suggestion of it.[1]

Psych Times uses the example of pi to explain apeirophobia:[2]

The concept of infinity or eternity is very difficult to grasp. For instance, the number π (Pi) is an infinite number: 3.14159... Such an infinite number is very difficult to conceive, yet it still exists. There are many objective things, such as numbers, which can actually be eternal. However, the real debate begins with the material world.

Possible approaches

Practical Psychology explains:[3]

Exposure therapy may help someone deal with their fear of eternity. Of course, you can’t really exposure someone to eternity - but you can expose them to the idea of it. Therapists may ask patients to think about eternity, then implement breathing techniques or other practices to help calm them down as they reflect on eternity. As they continue this therapy, the patient will become calmer, faster, while thinking about infinity.

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