Monday, January 30, 2012

Top Ten Tenth Dimension Blogs - January Report

Previous lists:
. April 08 . May 08 . June 08 . July 08 . August 08
. September 08 . October 08 . November 08 . December 08 .
. Top 100 Blog Entries of 2008 . May 09 . June 09 . July 09
. August 09 . September 09 . October 09 . November 09 .
. December 09 . Top 100 Blog Entries of 2009 .
. January 10 . February 10 . March 10 . April 10 . May 10 .
. June 10 . July 10 . August 10 . September 10 . October 10 .
. November 10 . December 10 . Top 100 Entries of 2010 .
. January 11 . February 11 . March 11 . April 11 . May 11 .
. June 11 . July 11 . August 11 . September 11 . October 11 .
. November 11 . December 11 . Top 100 Entries of 2011

Based upon number of views, here are the top blogs for the last thirty days.

1. Wrapping it Up in the Tenth Dimension
2. Why Only Ten?
3. New video - Poll 80 to 82 - Right Angles and Reality

4. What is Life?
5. Rob on the Peake Experience
6. New video - Poll 83 - Is Energy Not Conserved?
7. Psychedelics and Surprises
8. Connecting Zero to Ten
9. Timelessness and the Ultimate Ensemble
10. New video - Imagining the Second Dimension

And as of January 26th, 2012, here are the twenty-six Imagining the Tenth Dimension blog entries that have attracted the most visits of all time. Items marked in bold are new or have risen since last month.

1. Jumping Jesus (1)
2. What's Around the Corner? (2)
3. Mandelbulbs (3)
4. Is Reality an Illusion? (5)
5. The 5th-Dimensional Camera Project (4)  
6. The Pencil Visualization (17)
7. An Expanding 4D Sphere (6)
8. Just Six Things: The I Ching (7)
9. Gravity and Love (8)
10. Vibrations and Fractals (11) 
11 Bees and the LHC (9) 
12. Light Has No Speed (10) 
13. 10-10-10 Look Before You Leap (15)
14. Time Travel Paradoxes (13)
15. Roger Ebert on Quantum Reincarnation (12)
16. Changing Your Brain (14)
17. Our Universe Within the Omniverse (16)
18. Magnets and Morality (18)
19. How to Time Travel (19)
20. Creativity and the Quantum Universe (21)
21. Dancing on the Timeline (20)
22. Simultaneous Inspiration (22)
23. Complexity from Simplicity (23)  
24. Monkeys Love Metallica (24)
25. What is Reality? (26) 
26. Polls Archive 54 - Is Time Moving Faster? (25) 

Which means that no entries are leaving our top 26 of all time list this month.

By the way, if you're new to this project, you might want to check out the Tenth Dimension FAQ, as it provides a road map to a lot of the discussions and different materials that have been created for this project. If you are interested in the 26 songs attached to this project, this blog shows a video for each of the songs and provides more links with lyrics and discussion. The Annotated Tenth Dimension Video provides another cornucopia of discussion topics to be connected to over at YouTube. Also, a lot of people are enjoying discussing these ideas with me on my facebook page: .

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

Next: Poll 87 - Many Worlds, Fossils and Dinosaurs

Friday, January 27, 2012

Brain Pickings

"A kind of scientific expressionism and creative exploration of curiosity, Imagining the Tenth Dimension might not rewrite the theories of Stephen Hawking, but it is certain to give you pause."

- Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings ( has just posted a nice review of my book, here's a link to the article:

And here's some info about Brain Pickings from their site:
Brain Pickings is the brain child of Maria Popova, a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic and Design Observer, among others. She gets occasional help from a handful of talented contributors.

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.

Thanks for your kind words, Maria!

Next: Poll 87 - Many Worlds, Fossils and Dinosaurs

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Video - Imagining the Eighth Dimension

A direct link to the above video is at

Next: Brain Pickings

Friday, January 20, 2012

Poll 86 - Impossible to see the 3rd dimension?

Poll 86 - "The third dimension is space without time. This means it's actually impossible for us to see the third dimension by itself, because even with our hand in front of our face it takes a certain amount of "time" for the light to travel to our eye." Poll ended October 6, 2011. 80.9% agreed, while 19.1% disagreed.

This was an idea discussed in Imagining the Third Dimension, and I'll end today's blog with the video for that entry for those of you who haven't watched it yet. This speaks to how easy it is for us to forget that "time" is part of what we're looking at every moment, so seeing space by itself is really impossible - the space we're looking at has to have a duration or it's not possible for us to see it.

With the way this poll question is phrased, it seems to me that it should be an open-and-shut case, but nearly one out of every five persons answering this poll question don't agree. Is it possible to ask this question any more simply? If the third dimension is space without time, and the fourth dimension is space with time, how can we talk about the third dimension by itself? In other words, how can we view anything in the third dimension without taking a certain amount of "time" to do so?

Sure, we can have abstract discussions about 2D objects that have length and width but no depth, but there still have been many hours of debate over whether it would be possible for anyone to see something that has no depth, to the point where some people say this means the second dimension can't exist. By the same token we can talk about 3D objects that have length width and depth while we ignore the fourth dimension. But if a 3D cube had no duration, shouldn't exactly the same question come into play?

A way out of this conundrum would be to suggest that we're assuming that an abstract object like a 3D cube has infinite duration: like the original description of a meme as defined by Dawkins, the cube would then be an information pattern which can be transmitted across time and space, from one mind to another, instantaneously. Does that mean that it would be safe to assume that a 2D object has infinite duration in the third dimension, and that's how we would be able to see and talk about such an object? If we're talking about abstract forms similar to a plane or a cube, that reasoning follows.

But what about 3D objects like a human being, or a planet? Clearly, they don't have infinite duration, they have a point where they start to exist, and another point where their existence ceases. This, then, is where we can get into difficulties of language. If I say "this is a cube", am I referring to an abstract concept, or am I referring to a physical object like a child's building block? "This is a cube" could apply to either, but the two have very different expressions within the dimensional constructs that we're exploring here.

This confusion continues as we add dimensions: a tesseract is a four-dimensional hypercube. If I say "this is a tesseract", what am I referring to? A concept? Or something that really exists as an object which has a specific duration within the fifth dimension? Therein can lie some of the pitfalls of language - we need to make it clear which interpretation we're using, or these discussions can sometimes seem contradictory.

A direct link to the above video is at

So remember - the next time someone tells you the second dimension can't exist because something with no depth is impossible, tell them the third dimension has the same problem. If you're talking about something that has length, width and depth, but no duration in the fourth dimension, then that would be impossible for us to see. And clearly, what you and I are a looking at right now with our eyes and their "3D" atoms and molecules, is something larger than the third dimension.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

Next: New Video - Imagining the Eighth Dimension

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Poll 85 - No Quantum/Classical Divide?

Poll 85: "Do you agree with this idea from the June '11 issue of Scientific American? The division between the quantum and classical worlds appears not to be fundamental...few physicists now think that classical physics will ever really make a comeback at any scale." Poll ended September 8, 2011. 71.2 % agreed, while 28.8% did not.

This has been an interesting metamorphosis: in 2006, when my book was published, a number of people criticized it for being so cavalier with taking the concepts of quantum mechanics and applying them to our "warm and wet" macro/classical world. What does Feynman's sum over histories have to do with the choices you and I make? How do the instantaneous connections of quantum entanglement relate to consciousness and life? These questions do not seem quite as far "out there" now as they did back then, and the burgeoning field of quantum biology is a great example of the kind of paradigm shift we're talking about here.

For more discussion about these ideas, here's a link to Poll 60, which back in March 2010 asked whether people accepted that the so-called "dividing line" between the quantum and macro world is a completely artificial construct. The results were similar: a very large majority agreed with this idea back then as well. I would also refer you to an entry from a couple of months ago called "We are All Quanta", in which I said this:
No matter where we end up, we need to acknowledge that quantum mechanics is the most successful theory of reality devised so far, so whatever Theory of Everything we're trying to get to, we should keep in mind the truth about the underlying quantum nature of the universe we're in.

Ultimately, we are all quanta. We are created by constructive interference, so saying that we're wavicles also works, but each of us is a unique pattern, and a subset of something larger.
Is Imagining the Tenth Dimension a Theory of Everything, a TOE? At best it points the way to where a theory might lie, which is why I prefer to call it a "new way of thinking".  But if classical physics is really destined to never "make a comeback", then it seems apparent that any self-respecting TOE has to acknowledge the underlying quantum nature of our reality, end of story.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

Next: Poll 86 - Is it Impossible to See the Third Dimension?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Poll 84 - The Multiverse and Many Worlds

Poll 84: "Physicists Leonard Susskind and Raphael Bousso say in their new paper that the multiverse and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics are formally equivalent. Do you agree with them?" Poll ended August 11, 2011. 87.1% agreed, while the remainder disagreed.

I've used this quote from Raphael Bousso before, this comes from an article published in the October 2008 edition of Seed magazine: "This may seem laughable, but without the multiverse our finest theories predict that empty space should contain about 10 to the power of 123 times more energy than it actually does. This has been called the 'worst prediction in the history of science' and the 'mother of all physics problems'.”

And in entries like Holograms and Quanta and The Holographic Universe, I've talked about related theories by Leonard Susskind. To see these two leading-edge cosmologists put their heads together to come up with a proof that ties directly to the contentions of my project was a great thrill for me in 2011.

Are we a shadow of the fifth dimension, an extra-dimensional version of Plato's Cave? That is the conclusion I believe we can draw from these Holographic Universe theories. And as we saw in my video Imagining the Fifth Dimension, if Everett believed that the different parallel universe outcomes for our universe reside in a subspace which is orthogonal to space-time, isn't that also another way of describing how our reality comes from the fifth dimension? This is still a controversial idea from my project, but I believe Bousso and Susskind are pushing us closer towards reaching that understanding, and I'm happy to see how many visitors to this blog accepted the basic thesis of their paper.

The Scientific American blog entry describing my project so favorably was also a great thrill for me in 2011. As we now begin the fabled year of 2012, I can't wait to see what happens next. Enjoy the journey!


Next: Poll 85 - No Quantum/Classical Divide?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Top 100 Tenth Dimension Blogs - 2011 Report

Other reports on this blog:
. April 08 . May 08 . June 08 . July 08 . August 08 .
. September 08 . October 08 . November 08 . December 08 .
. Top 100 - 2008 Report . End of 1st Quarter 09 . May 09 .
. June 09 . July 09 . August 09 . September 09 . October 09 .
. November 09 . December 09 . Top 100 - 2009 Report .
. January 10 . February 10 . March 10 . April 10 . May 10 .
. June 10 . July 10 . August 10 . September 10 . October 10 .
. November 10 . December 10 . Top 100 Entries of 2010 .
. January 11 . February 11 . March 11 . April 11 . May 11 .
. June 11 . July 11 . August 11 . September 11 . October 11 .
. November 11 . December 11 .

Here we are at the end of 2011, with a quick recap of another exciting year for this project. Some of the highlights:

  • The Imagining the Tenth Dimension website has now had over 7 million unique visitors!
  • My YouTube channel is currently at over 21,000 subscribers, and my videos have seen six million views. I'm currently at 403 uploaded videos.
  • I was interviewed by Ben Good for a piece he wrote for Scientific American: Has Science Gone Viral? 
  • I was interviewed on live talk shows by Anthony Peake (The Peake Experience) , Rea Wilkie (Your Life Now), and the team of Jake Kettle and Rob Wood (Truth Transmission). 
  • More of my videos were translated into Spanish, including Language and the Mind and Changing Your Brain. A German version of my original animation was also released. 
  • After receiving a number of requests to do so, I've gone back to the style of my original animation and am now releasing a series of videos which explain my approach to visualizing each dimension in more detail. The first in the series is Imagining the Second Dimension, and these videos will work all the way up to the ninth dimension over the next couple of months.
  • Just for fun, I released a series of videos for songs from my 1983 album Rob Bryanton - Alcohol and Other Drugs. This album, a collection of pop/rock songs featuring my good friends Jack Semple on guitar/bass and Cal Harle on drums, was quite innovative for its time: songs from the album received radio playlist airplay, but the album was recorded on four-track cassette. Check it out, I'm still very proud of this album.
  • As we saw in The 5th Dimensional Camera Project, a team of scientists at Oxford were introduced to my way of visualizing the extra dimensions by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern, and one of those scientists participated in a video explaining the fifth dimension as our "probability space", a concept I promote with this project.
  • It was also very exciting to see that in 2011 well-known physicists Leonard Susskind and Raphael Bousso published a proof equating the branching probabilistic outcomes of Everett's Many Worlds with the string theory multiverse. This is one of the central assumptions of my project, that the extra dimensions of string theory have a way of relating to Everett's Theory of the Universal Wavefunction. Here's a link to Sean Carroll's blog entry about the new proof, and here is a link to the paper as it was published at
  • My company Talking Dog Studios continued to develop expertise in Augmented Reality, and created a set of kiosks which are on permanent display at the Mall of America, in an installation called Create Your Mayo Clinic Health Experience. Meanwhile, our Augmented Reality game ScavengAR Hunt, which can be played on iPhones and Android Phones, is continuing to develop a worldwide audience, and other smart phone demonstrations like our Halloween AR have also been popular.
  • O is for Omniverse, my followup book created in collaboration with visual artist Marilyn E. Robertson continues to be available at, and other Imagining the Tenth Dimension books, t-shirts, and DVDs are available at Meanwhile, at, various files are available for download, including high quality versions of the original animation, books in non-copy-protected pdf format, mp3s of various songs, and the audiobook version of Imagining the Tenth Dimension. The first two sections of the audiobook (the Preamble and the Introduction) are also posted on YouTube.
As we see up at the top here, I've been posting monthly reports with "top ten blogs of the month" and the latest top 26 blogs of all time for almost four years now, and at the end of 2008, 2009, and again at the end of 2010 I published a Top 100 Tenth Dimension list. I'd like to continue that tradition this year, so the list below is in the same format as the last two years, showing the month the blog entry originates from. Also, just for interest's sake, I've put a number at the end of each line indicating the position that blog entry held in our 2010 report. Thank you tenth dimension fans for your support!

1. Jumping Jesus (October 09) (1)
2. What's Around the Corner? (October 09) (2)
3. Mandelbulbs (December 09) (3)
4. The 5th-Dimensional Camera Project (May 10) (8)
5. Is Reality an Illusion? (April 10)
6. An Expanding 4D Sphere (August 09) (4)
7. Just Six Things: The I Ching (August 09) (5)
8. Gravity and Love (December 10)
9. Bees and the LHC (December 10)
10. Light Has No Speed (September 10) (10)
11. Vibrations and Fractals (April 10) (11)
12. Roger Ebert on Quantum Reincarnation (August 09) (6)
13. Time Travel Paradoxes (December 10)
14. 10-10-10 Look Before You Leap (October 10) (20)
15. Changing Your Brain (February 11)
16. Our Universe Within the Omniverse (April 10) (14)
17. The Pencil Visualization (June 11)
18. Magnets and Morality (April 10) (16)
19. How to Time Travel (December 09) (9)
20. Dancing on the Timeline (February 10) (13)
21. Creativity and the Quantum Universe (February 09) (7)
22. Simultaneous Inspiration (August 10) (23)
23. Complexity from Simplicity (September 10) (30)
24. Monkeys Love Metallica (January 10) (15)
25. Polls Archive 54 - Is Time Moving Faster? (March 10) (21)
26. What is Reality? (February 11)
27. Consciousness in Frames per Second (December 09) (17)
28. Language and the Mind (February 11)
29. Infinite Division (December 10)
30. Poll 44 - The Biocentric Universe Theory (September 09) (12)
31. Photons and Free Will (January 11)
32. Flow (January 10) (25)
33. The Quantum Mind (February 11)
34. Fourth Spatial Dimension 101 (April 10) (33)
35. Timelike Entanglement (January 11)
36. The Quantum Observer (February 11)
37. Three Becomes One (May 10) (37)
38. Entangled Neurons (May 10) (35)
39. You Are the Point (January 10) (29)
40. At Right Angles to Spacetime (January 11)
41. Psychedelics and Spacetime (November 10)
42. Poll 43 - Is the Multiverse Real? (August 09) (18)
43. Extra Dimensions and OBEs (November 10)
44. Alien Mathematics (July 09) (19)
45. Thinking Biggest (November 10)
46. Seeing Time, Feeling Colors, Tasting Light (September 09) (22)
47. Our Universe as a Dodecahedron (May 10) (47)
48. Living in a Simulation (January 11)
49. Entangled Awareness and OBEs (May 10) (49)
50. Poll 65 to 68 - Thinking Big (October 10) (66)
51. Cymatics, Gravity and Light (September 10) (68)
52. Constructive Interference and the Quantum Observer (September 10) (71)
53. When's a Knot Not a Knot (August 09) (24)
54. Neurons and Extra Dimensions (November 10)
55. The Quantum Solution to Time's Arrow (September 09) (26)
56. Evidence for Seeing the Future? (December 10)
57. Our Universe as a Point (May 10) (52)
58. Placebos Becoming More Effective? (January 10) (43)
59. Playing Games in Extra Dimensions (January 10) (45)
60. Is Spacetime Flat or Curved? (January 11)
61. Time is in the Mind (December 09) (40)
62. Beer and Miracles (September 09) (27)
63. Theatre of the Mind (May 10) (65)
64. Poll 46 - Big Bang an Illusion? (September 09) (32)
65. Time's Illusions (January 11)
66. Threes (December 10)
67. The Forest (April 10) (58)
68. Augmented Reality (January 09) (28)
69. The Big Bang is an Illusion (July 09) (31)
70. Love and Gravity (July 10) (82)
71. I'm You From the Future (February 10) (54)
72. Vibrations (April 10) (72)
73. Just Geometry (November 10)
74. Norway's "Reverse Deja Vu" (August 09) (34)
75. Dancing in the Omniverse (October 10)
76. Polls Archive 60 - Quantum and Macro a Continuum? (April 10) (73)
77. Holograms and Quanta (March 10) (67)
78. Extra-Dimensional Geometry (October 10)
79. Nothing is Real (January 10) (62)
80. Life is But a Dream (December 09) (53)
81. Strength of Gravity, Speed of Light (March 10) (81)
82. We Start (August 10) (94)
83. Global Coherence (October 10)
84. Alien Life and Sea Dragons (November 09) (46)
85. Poll 45 - Conscious Computers (September 09) (39)
86. Skhizein (January 10) (70)
87. Placebos and Biocentrism (September 10) (98)
88. Changing Reality (May 10) (90)
89. Poll 69 - Bees and Tangential Thinking (November 10)
90. Novelty (February 11)
91. The Fifth Dimension if Spooky (October 09) (44)
92. Dark Flow, Gravity and Love (September 10)
93. The Map and the Territory (August 09) (41)
94. Biosemiotics: Monkeys, Metallica and Music (September 10)
95. The Long Undulating Snake (July 09) (42)
96. ExpandAR - Augmented Reality (February 10) (89)
97. Flow and the Now (August 10)

98. The Statistical Universe (September 09) (48)
99. 3 Books That Could Change Your Life (February 10) (95)
100. Poll 61-64: Gravity and Free Will (June 10)

To everyone out there, I send you my best wishes and fond regards for the upcoming year. I particularly want to thank the continuing stream of people who write to me every day thanking me for changing the way they think about reality: I am grateful for your kind words of encouragement. Enjoy the journey in 2012!

Rob Bryanton

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