Re: ality

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    > Dace,
    > I liked your explication of spacetime.


    > It came to grips with the relationship between
    > mind and reality pretty well. One more item that should be included
    > is our used of the term "dimension." People talk of dimensions as if
    > they were places rather than measuring tools.

    Directionality is embedded in space. There are three directions to space,
    regardless of whether we conceptualize this fact according to the term
    "dimension." When we treat the forces of nature as if they had nine spatial
    dimensions, they unify into a single, primordial force. This suggests we've
    lost six dimensions, which failed to unfold at the time of the big bang.

    > Time is just the distance traveled by the object measured by the
    > other three dimensions compared to the speed and distance of
    > some other object -- most often the rotation of the earth.

    Distance is not a property of time. Time is nowhere in particular. You
    can't be close to it or far away. That might have to do with the fact that
    it's what you're made of. You're a living expression of time, a rivulet of
    time on its own course down the years, ultimately to be reabsorbed in
    universal time.

    > Therefore dimensions, too, are human constructs used to map the
    > universe we see inside our brains.

    We don't see anything in our brains. It's dark in there. We see the world
    around us, not a model constructed (upside-down) in the backs of our beads.
    The brain isn't a TV, and we're not homunculi.

    > Space is a place, the measurement of space is not.

    Correct. Measurement is mental and therefore temporal, prior to and
    posterior to the brain, which it determines and which, in turn, determines

    > Dimensions are just ways of looking at
    > space by comparing one arbitrarily chosen section of it to another.
    > Again, the comparison takes place in the brain and not in space.
    > Grant

    How can it take place in the brain, a spatial object, when it doesn't even
    take place in space?


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