Only while the island is smaller than half the world :-)

Anyway, I can always measure your shore and get any result I want.

And assuming an arbitrarily large world, as the area of the island increases, the ratio of shoreline to area decreases, no? Not sure what that means in terms of the metaphor, though...

7jeremysalwen8y No, you can only get an answer up to the limit imposed by the fact that the coastline is actually composed of atoms. The fact that a coastline looks like a fractal is misleading. It makes us forget that just like everything else it's fundamentally discrete. This has always bugged me as a case of especially sloppy extrapolation.

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