reply to post by fooffstarr
My view is this. Parallel dimensions make perfect sense, except it doesn't quite work like that. Why?
Conservation of energy. If a parallel dimension was created every time someone made a choice, then there would be an infinite amount of universes out
there, which could happen if the laws of physics somehow didn't apply.
On the other hand, I would explain it like this.
What is a parallel dimension? A thought experiment.
1. Draw a straight line on an imaginary piece of paper.
This line has 1 dimension.
2. Take that line and drag it in any direction, other than the one the line is on. (90 degrees from the line would produce a square)
In order to do this you needed to use the second dimension. You now have a 2 dimensional object. (note: we have multiple dimensions)
3. Now take that flat object and drag it out into a new direction. Giving it hight. (we have now left the imaginary paper)
Again, another dimension is required,
we have entered the 3rd dimension.
This is where it gets tricky. (it helps at this point to imagine the 3D object you drew as a point or very small ball/cube)
4. In order to move a 3D object, for example to turn it upside down, we need to move it through a higher dimension. (otherwise you would simply be
changing its size/shape)
We need a 4th dimension - time.
Its easy to get this, if you imagined what would happen if you could stop time. Everything would stop moving.
Hence, we can say that a living being, is in fact a 4 dimensional object, capable of moving in the 4th dimension. (animated if you like - in time)
5. Now as we know, in time you can only move in one direction - right?
WRONG
Because the future is not SET, it can change.
We have the ability to predict what will happen as result of an action. In order to do that, we need to be able to "imagine" different "time
lines" with different possibilities. This means that the dimension higher than time is "thought".
Thought, has the unique quality of being "outside time". You can think about the past, or future.
So there exists many parallel timelines, which all lead to different futures, but they are all imaginary - in our minds. (There is only one real
time-line)
A time line, as with the first line you drew on the piece of paper could have been drawn in any initial direction. But once it is drawn to a point, it
can only change its direction.
In order for the time line to change direction, it must move through the 5th dimension. Which is most commonly called the dimension of "Probability"
or as I like to call it - Possibility.
It makes no sense to say that every change in direction of the line, creates a new line. Then we would have 2 lines, 2 universes and twice the energy.
Other than that the possibilities are endless...whatever you can imagine (within the laws of physics of course!!!)
[edit on 11-6-2009 by iulslion]