Sunday, April 15, 2007

Gravity and Light

In an ideal world, every interface should be able to be boiled down to a simple interplay between only two currently available choices, so that even a very limited input device (one operated by a physically challenged person, for instance) can navigate, right from the very first yes or no. Finding what the most basic choice is can be the hardest part of designing an interface!

Some people are not comfortable with the idea of "Thoughts Become Things", because it feels so counter-intuitive to the observed physicality we see around us. Is everything just vibrations and constructive interference patterns? Is a person's consciousness and our physical reality all just a reflection of a complex vibration across the dimensions? In the model proposed in "Imagining the Tenth Dimension", we begin by talking about the geometric concept of a point. Later in the book, it becomes clear that this "starting point" can be in any dimension we choose to imagine it (if it's in the third dimension it could be at position x,y,z; in the seventh dimension it could be at position t,u,v,w,x,y,z; and so on). If the tenth dimension encompasses all aspects of indeterminacy, then no matter which of the nine dimensions you choose to place that first "point", its position collapses out a particular reality from the multiverse... in other words, it becomes the first yes/no, and by its selection it is already reducing the available options to a certain subset of the indeterminate whole.

I would argue that no matter what dimension you place that first point, the first thing that point defines is the value (or range of values) for gravity in the universe (or universes) that you are selecting. Physicists tell us that gravity is the only force that travels across all dimensions. Therefore, even if the information is irrelevant to the discussion at hand, any reality (ours included) can't have an indeterminate value for gravity. What do I mean when I say this information could be irrelevant? Well, for instance, if I define a set of co-ordinates in the third dimension to create a cube, I can determine the volume of that cube. Whether that cube exists in our universe or in some other universe with a different value for gravity, I can still determine its volume. But as soon as I am imagining a cube that physically exists, I am defining it as being in a real three-dimensional universe, which means that even though I am only assigning the x,y,z co-ordinates and values for this cube, its existence as a real object necessitates that it also be part of an implied subset drawn from the wave of quantum indeterminacy: a reality defined from the ninth down to the first dimensions. If gravity is everywhere, then any subset of reality must be limiting the available choices for gravity.

What if the point I'm thinking about is in the seventh through ninth dimensions? Then we can imagine our point, because it is of indeterminate size, as encompassing multiple values for gravity. Whether it would actually be possible to create a three-dimensional reality from a seventh-dimensional point encompassing a range of values for gravity is a science fiction question, a challenge for the imagination.

The second thing that can be locked in is the value for how close one point can be to the next in the reality we are choosing to examine. For our universe, this value is known as the planck length, and its value tells us why nothing in our universe can travel faster than the speed of light, and why our reality breaks down into quantum indeterminacy when we try to examine things that are closer to each other than the planck length - it's because "time" is not continuous, it is granular. Time gives us this illusion of being a continuous fourth-dimensional line, but it's actually being created by a series of three-dimensional points each representing our universe in a particular state-space, and each of those points is one planck length away from the next. While it's entirely possible to imagine a universe constructed from points that are closer together or further apart than the one we live in, they would be part of some other subset of the multiverse.

But how can something as complex as physical reality be boiled down to just a vibration across the dimensions? Here's an analogy: think about a sound wave. Using the interplay of only two factors, amplitude and frequency, we can create something as simple as a sine wave, or as harmonically complex as the human voice, or as dynamic as a thunderstorm. In the digital realm, the degree of accuracy with which a sound can be represented is reflected by the number of bits used to represent the amplitude, and the sampling rate used to represent the frequency. Once the bits and sampling rate are high enough (and any audio geek will tell you these numbers should therefore be much higher than the 16 bits and 44.1K sample rate of a CD), any sound imaginable can be properly represented.

The speed of light, then, shows us the "sample rate" for our universe, which determines what frequencies can be properly represented in the waveform of our physical reality. As we approach the speed of light or the planck length, reality breaks down, it can no longer be properly represented.

Consciousness, in its own way, can be boiled down to an interplay between gravity and light, but consciousness is not confined to the physical world, so those words can easily be used metaphorically. Still, an idea can have a certain gravity (or lack thereof), and a frequency (or mix of multiple frequencies) which, like the amplitude and frequency of any other waveform, allows us to create any idea imaginable. In Imagining the Tenth Dimension, I argue that the clouds of memes and spirit that exist across time are part of what we take on to become a unique personality, and because those factors are not rooted in the limited physical realm, they can be transmitted across generations, and also be responsible for simultaneous inspiration or the sudden ascendency of new memes. The biggest-picture-of-all memes which have existed since the beginning of our universe have such a long waveform that they could easily be represented by a much lower sample rate - but since time is really an illusion, what we are really talking about here is just another way of viewing our slice of the multiverse.

Enjoy the journey,


P.S. - the new "Utopia" issue of What Is Enlightenment? magazine is now hitting the newsstands. Please flip to page 26 and read the fantastic article by Senior Associate Editor Tom Huston about the Imagining the Tenth Dimension project.

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Thomas said...


I stumbled upon your Flash presentation while using

I have been doing similar research as your project for almost two decades. My focus has been on thoughts from the multiverse and transforming that energy into motion in this universe.

You said, "...gravity is the only force that travels across all dimensions."

I disagree. Thought also travels across multiverses. After all, thought is energy and can be converted and transformed into a new form the same as any other particle of energy. My thoughts onto this paper is a simple example of transforming mental energy into physical form.

You said, "...clouds of memes and spirit that exist across time are part of what we take on to become a unique personality, ...they can be transmitted across generations...."

What about thought energy from previous universes transmitted across multiverse time? What stops us from converting the energy of discarded thoughts from other universes into raw energy to be tranformed into a new thought to serve our well being in this universe?

Discarded emotional energy is a valuable resource that can be re-formed into something valuable for the observer.

If someone gets angry at me (discarded energy), I have a choice. I can return the anger or convert it into something productive. What keeps people from always converting anger into something productive?

These are a few of the questions that I asked and answered by applying simple laws of quantum physics against thought manifestations.

As you already know, all you have to do is ask the question and somehow (as long as you persist) you will receive the answer.

Is it possible for us to discuss my work further in a different venue?

Sarab said...

this sounds like pseudoscience.

Rob Bryanton said...

Hi Thomas, thanks for your comments. When I say "gravity is the only force that travels across all dimensions", I am speaking of the physical world around us, and this statement is found in many books by today's popular physicists, including Kaku, Randall, and Greene. They are saying that the other basic forces of the universe (the strong nuclear force, etc) do not travel across the other dimensions, an idea that I find fascinating.

Forgive me then if I was confusing in my statement about gravity - that pertains to the physical world. By the time I am talking about clouds of memes and spirit, I am talking about the parts of our existence which are outside the hard physical universe, and we both agree that there are many more ways that those kinds of energies can be transmitted across the dimensions, and there are a great many people in the world who have had experiences which show them first hand that this is the case.

By all means, if you would like to continue this conversation via direct email write me, rob at tenthdimension dot com is my email. Or please feel free to join in the forum discussions at , it sounds like your ideas would be a useful addition to the topics being discussed there.

Thanks for writing,

Rob Bryanton

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