posted on Feb, 25 2004 @ 10:09 PM
All right, this is going out on a limb here... an English major trying to explain quantum physics... but I had an idea.
Okay, first of all, I am assuming that the fourth dimension of space is that which we know as Time. Now, some explanation.
Imagine that you are two-dimensional; your world consists of forward, back, left, and right; the concepts of "up" and "down" are totally foreign
to you. If there is a line (a one-dimensional object) in front of you, you cannot see through it, unless it is viewed from an angle in which it has no
width; this can be likened to viewing a sheet of paper width-wise in the third dimension.
Now, imagine that, as a two-dimensional person in a two-dimensional world, something very strange happens: a sphere arrives. A sphere perhaps the size
of a basketball. As this sphere descends out of the sky (moving in a third dimension, and wholly incomprehensible to your 2-D eyes), you would be very
unable to percieve the whole of it at once, and would not be able to see it at all until it was parallel to you at some point along its second
Imagine that this sphere has no physical substance, and is capable of passing entirely through the two-dimensional plane you define as your world. As
it first comes into your field of vision, you would see a point in front of you, a point that would quickly grow in size into the two-dimensional
equivalent of a circle as the sphere passed through your plane. It would grow until the center two-dimensional plane of the sphere was parallel with
your world, and would then shrink back to a point and, ultimately, vanish.
Essentially, you would be able to view it only in cross-section, seeing at any given moment only the part that occupied a dimension you were capable
All this is scientifically valid, and makes sense if you think about it.
Now comes the tricky part; this goes back to the recent idea of Ekpyrotic theory, which basically states that the real universe consists of
five-dimensional "membranes" that do an agonizingly slow dance in the ether, occasionally running up against one another and creating a Big Bang via
the resultant friction.
what if Time is just one of these membranes, currently moving through our three-dimensional universe in a manner only perceptible to us in
ever-changing "cross-sections" that we percieve as a measured continuation of and delay between causes and effects?
Now, if this is valid, I have to ask...
what happens when this time-generating membrane moves out of three-space? I'll tell you what: the collapse of linear time.
This goes back to some even more bizarre theories... our universe has been alive for unimaginable billions of years... what if it runs out soon?
Any thoughts on my theory and the implications are welcomed; please let me know what you think.
[Edited on 2-25-2004 by Xenographer]: If anyone can figure out what the devil is up with that hyperlink, I'd be much obliged if you'd let me
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