Monday, February 9, 2009

You Lost Me After 3-D...

"I'm dealing with the dark things of the cosmos."
-Sun Ra

I thought I had a pretty decent handle on the four dimensions that we experience every day, but I had no idea things got as out-of-hand as this. The following video is only presented from a "this is pretty interesting to think about" perspective, not as an explanation of accepted scientific fact or an introduction to advanced physics (a field in which I'm waaaaay out of my league). It's the sort of thing that would make an actualist want to go on a homicidal rampage, and I for one don't really buy any of the string theory comments made at the end of the video. (I'm also wary of the suggested ease-of-travel their "folding" analogy implies.)

Imagining the various dimensions is great fun within the context of thought experiments, but I have a hard time finding or accepting any evidence that any of the upper dimensions discussed in this video exist in any form outside of human thought. The possible and the actual are things philosophers and scientists have battled over for centuries, and while it's rewarding and at times illuminating to understand the arguments, healthy skepticism is always recommended. So watch this, have fun scrambling your brain, but don't consider this an endorsement and don't let the video be the sole catalyst to any opinion you form.

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