Originally posted 2/7/2004
So, since I made this decision, obviously, I figure I have something to put on it tonight. First off, props to Anna, my roommates girl and acquaintance of mine, for showing me this website. Now, I’m not necessarily a math nerd, but I understand the basics of it, and if I can understand something well enough to think about it, odds are I find it interesting to at least some degree. This is one of those things, and it got me thinking. People look at number coincidences and make LOTS of assumptions on them. One that got me was the term used to refer to Φ, the “Divine Proportion” or something similar.
Really, people, why would God care about a number? I mean, as cool as irrational numbers are, He’s had and will have an eternity to omnisciently think of all the irrational numbers He wants. I realize that, in today’s day and age, most people don’t ascribe much significance to the number, apart from a lot of freak coincidences, but I think it might be something a little bit more than that. In my opinion, at least, the freak occurrences of Φ, p, e, and other such cool numbers, are proof that God has a sense of humor.
Think about it: what gets to humans more than nearly anything else? Freak coincidences. Our superstitious nature tends us towards the belief that a preponderance of apparent coincidences implies a greater meaning behind them, and we scurry off to discover the basis. While in some cases, there might be one, I think more often than we are wont to think, God is playing mind games with us, because He knows we’ll try to find all the answers on our own, and we never can.