Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. … If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”
—Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991)
Creator of Star Trek

The philosophy of Star Trek in a nutshell. But note there’s a big difference between “infinite” and “everything possible” — the set “all positive integers” is infinite, but doesn’t include the negative, or the fractions, or….


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