Nihilisism, /ˈ(/ˈnaɪ.ᵻlɪzəm/ or /ˈniː.ᵻlɪzəm/; from the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the lack of belief in one or more reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. More from Wikipedia…
The entire Wikipedia article is worth in depth study. Even though most of the population of the world has no working knowledge of the big bang theory, the intellectual class does; and, its influence is pervasive. That Wikipedia analysis describes a “post-modernity” devoid of ethics and in desperate need of values that are not defined within space and time, but are eternal. Can we get to those values without bringing in religions (necessarily a study of the infinite)?
No question, Max is a smart man. He understands things about the infinite equations that we may never understand, yet he cannot tell us why pi works the way it does. He does not know how. He doesn’t know why dimensionless constants, like Euler’s number, are never-ending, never-repeating numbers.
He is reluctant to accept the simple explanation, “These are pathways from the finite to the infinite.” Even our students have deferentially said, “Keep the small “i” (of the word, infinite) so they can believe just in continuity and symmetry as it definition. That way they can hold on to their atheism and be good-little narcissistic solipsists.”
Nihilism opens the path to dystopianism.