posted on Dec, 6 2011 @ 05:00 PM
reply to post by isyeye
There is no relationship outside of the person being measured, so these numbers would work out for anyone, even us. That didn't seem obvious, but
now that a friend showed me the basic algebra, it makes sense.
If we call x the years to begat and y the additional years, we have x+y as the total life.
So if we divide years of total life by years to begat we get (x+y)/x which simplifies to x/x + y/x or 1 + y/x, so 1 more than the additional years
over years to begat (which is the relationship seen).
If we divide years of total life by years to begat, we get (x+y)/y which simplifies to x/y + y/y = x/y + 1, so 1 more than years to begat over
additional years (again the relationship seen).
If there was some relationship apart from the person named, then it would be odd. Simply stating the years a person's sibling is born is still a
relationship to the one named and not outside that person.