InfinityEbook (Chapters 1-3 Only) (1) - TO I N F I N I T Y B AND EYOND J OURNEYS M IND OF THE S PIRIT D R K ENT A B ESSEY Rights of Use Distribution

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Rights ofUse & DistributionThis e-book is protected by Federal copyright laws. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the author. The only exception to these restrictions is the free but limited use of this publication by students attending Brigham Young University–Idaho.Aside from thisacademic exceptionfor BYU-I students, accessing this e-bookwithoutpurchasing it () is a violationof U.S. copyright laws.Copyright © 2013Kent A. BesseyPublished by INSIGHT
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3E-book: To Infinity and Beyond© 2013Kent A. Bessey. All rights reserved.Preface ..............................................................4Acknowledgements ..............................................8Chapter 1: To Infinity and Beyond ......................10Chapter 2: Enduring Contradictions ...................28Chapter 3: Pigeons & Epistemology ....................46Chapter 4: From Real to Surreal .........................56Chapter 5: Supertasks .......................................77Final Thought: “From Eternity to All Eternity” ......89Appendix: Supertasks Debated .............................91About the Author ..............................................97Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or any of its entities.Co n t e n t s
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4E-book: To Infinity and Beyond© 2013Kent A. Bessey. All rights reserved.Ihave often puzzled over the meaning of the words “mind” and “spirit.” As a teaching mathematician, I am wont (by virtue of education) to explore an idea deeply enough to arrive at rudiments of thought that cannot be simplified further. These mark the starting point for discussion. Attempting the process here, one might ask: What do we mean my “mind”? What do we mean by “spirit”? Can we define these terms more simply? Do they describe separate entities, or merely different manifestations of the same essence? Sensing there is an important distinction between mind and spirit, let me suggest that human reasoningcharacterizes the first and revelationthe second. Furthermore, I believe these two sources of insight, though they may appear to be at odds with each other, are genuinely complementary and mutually reinforcing.Elder Boyd K. Packer, during a BYU commencement address in April 1994, stated: “Each of us must accommodate the mixture of reason and revelation in our lives. The gospel not only permits, but requiresit. An individual who concentrates on either side solely and alone will lose both Pr e f a c e
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5E-book: To Infinity and Beyond© 2013Kent A. Bessey. All rights reserved.balance and perspective.”1Brigham Young, who manifestly relied on revelation as he worked with the early saints, understood the importance of cultivating and applying human reasoning: “We are trying to teach this people to use their brains.”2On another occasion, he said: “Whatever duty you are called to perform, take your minds with you.”3I suspect Brigham Young must have had an experience or two with someone who had forgotten that.
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