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Annotated Bibliography

“Cosmology.” Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 29 Apr. 2016. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. This source explores the concept of infinity in relation to the universe, specifically its expanse and the different theories on whether it is finite or infinite. It also looks into the infinity of time. Though I won’t be diving too terribly deep into this area for my thesis, the depth of knowledge of this journal definitely helps me to better understand the ideas of infinity in space and time.

“Infinity.” Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 1 Mar. 2016. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. This is one of the most helpful sources I’ve found to date. In this journal, the author breaks the concept of infinity down into three broad categories: physical, metaphysical, and mathematical. This categorization makes the most sense to me, and each type is broad enough to merit its own depth of research. However, I think if I do an foot-deep amount of research on all three, as opposed to a mile-deep on one, I can get a good lens through which to make an educated statement about humans.

“Judaism.” Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 Nov. 2016. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. This source details the background of the Jewish religion, which is also a partial background of the Christian religion. It has a brief section on the implications of an infinite God and how that plays into religious beliefs. This is helpful in terms of my topic, but I chose this source and find it valuable mainly for the insight into religious practice and belief for the Judeo-Christian world.

Seltzer, Leon F., Ph.D. “Contemplating Infinity: 6 Sets of Illuminating Quotes.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 29 May 2014, Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. If following the three-category approach to infinity that the academic journal “Infinity” proposes, this deals with the metaphysical realm. It discusses mainly the infinity of human thought and emotion through the analysis of quotes about the infinite. Though it won’t necessarily serve as a research source, it’s a thought-provoking article that can provide ideas of where to turn.

“Western philosophy.” Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 11 Aug. 2015. Accessed 20 Feb. 2017. This source deals with infinity through philosophy by following philosophy’s history. Throughout this history, we can see different philosophers take on the concept in terms of religion (Nicholas of Cusa), physical paradoxes (Zeno of Elea), and many other approaches. This strengthens both the theoretical and physical side of my topic and makes for a thought-provoking read.

Zammit, Victor J. “How Different Religions View the Afterlife.” Afterlife Evidence, 2001, Accessed 14 Mar. 2017. This source gives me the background information I need for the religious aspect of my thesis. While much of it I already know, having it in a source gives me somewhere to cite from and can help to validate an argument. While I was at first a tad wary of the site, I think it’s just a victim of bad web design, because it is the website of the author of a well-read and well-received book on the afterlife and therefore, I believe, a reputable source.


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