Making Sense of General Relativity

As strange as it may sound, one of my hobbies is Philosophy. From time to time, I do thinking about the structure of the world I live in, systems we interact with, and on occasion, about the very fabric of the universe I inhabit. Often, these are just ramblings of a ill-informed thinker, but I like to document them for my own benefit and amusement.

Philosophy is a strange hobby. I know.

With this one, I figured I’d try posting it online to see if anyone might stumble upon it and find this thinking worthy of disproving with their knowledge or building upon for fun. I don’t fancy myself a physicist, mathematician, or serious philosopher. Just a journal-er, who enjoys a good think and ramble. Thus, a theory of everything (at least up to consciousness).

Duality, Hierarchy, and The First Dimension

At the most fundamental level, reality can be broken down into binary opposites, symbolized by 0 and 1. Keep in mind these are simply symbols. This concept of duality reflects the basic on/off, yes/no, presence/absence dualities that define existence. Visually, the first dimension is a single point on a line graph that can occupy one of two positions: 1 or 0. Like a lightbulb in space that is either on (1) or off (0). This singular data point represents the simplest expression of reality’s binary essence. Mass or no mass, for example, regardless of what that mass is (see second dimension, for variance in mass).

Creating Spectrum: The Second Dimension

While the first dimension reflects binary extremes, the second dimension emerges from the intersection of two first dimension points. This creates a spectrum where possibilities fall along a continuous gradient between two points: think 0 and 1 poles. Visually, a line connects the opposing endpoints, with a smooth transition between black (0) and white (1). Any shade of gray becomes possible between these extremes, expressed as decimal values between 0 and 1. This process of one point of “data” becoming two “connected” ends may ultimately be the underlying foundation of how things become quantum entangled.

The Third Dimension: The Mesh of Reality

When multiple second dimension spectra intersect and overlap, they form a complex mesh representing the composited possibilities of reality in a given moment. We’ll call this the “mesh of reality.”

Visually, this mesh resembles a web of interconnected lines and points, each representing different observational perspectives, matter states, and potentials. The intricate shape that emerges reflects the momentary configuration of reality as influenced by all its constituent elements. In a sense, it is a snapshot of the possibilities and probabilities defining your reality, frozen for just a moment in time.

The Fourth Dimension: Time

So far, we have discussed spatial dimensions – points, lines, and meshes frozen in time. The fourth dimension introduces the concept of time by considering the transition between two third-dimensional reality meshes over a duration. Visually, this resembles a film strip where each frame shows a particular configuration of the reality mesh in a moment. The fourth dimension is then the line traversing successive film frames, creating motion and change. In this way, geometries that seem impossible within three-dimensional perception become possible over time.

The Fifth Dimension: Complex Time and Consciousness

The fifth dimension emerges from the interaction between two distinct points on the fourth dimensional timeline. Specifically, where two timelines intersect, a plane is formed with a Gaussian blur across it, between the four ends of the “timelines.” Visually, this plane is created by two film strips crossing at right angles, with a gradient representing the smooth transition between the start and end points. I put forth that this gradient plane represents an individual’s stream of consciousness, as it captures the continuous flow of reality experienced subjectively, with lateral branching for decisions made. This allows for a single traversing across every possible path between two points, using the various coordinates as a “vector” within the blur. In a sense, it is the “blur” of reality that forms our perceptual continuity through time.

The Sixth Dimension: Layered Complex Time

Building on complex time and consciousness, the sixth dimension arises from layering multiple probabilistic realities onto the fifth dimensional space. The result is a vector space where realities can be sculpted and manipulated in extremely refined ways by leveraging quantum interactions. Visually, this is a 3D graph with each axis perturbed by overlapping wave functions and quantum uncertainties. The ability to operate within this space allows for realities shaped by non-intuitive geometries and properties. In this way, staggeringly intricate representations of reality become possible within this six-dimensional paradigm.

This dimensional hierarchy provides a mathematical framework to conceptualize reality’s fundamental binary essence, emergent spectrum of possibilities, momentary composited mesh, transition through time, subjective conscious experience, and quantum uncertainties. By considering this dimensional progression, we can begin to elucidate the underlying structure of reality itself.


FUTURE THINKING — OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

I recently came across a fascinating study that may lend empirical weight to some of the more speculative ideas I’ve been exploring regarding higher dimensions and the potential quantum basis of consciousness.

The study examined microtubules, which are structural protein polymers found within the cytoskeletons of all human cells, including neurons in the brain. Remarkably, the researchers claim to have demonstrated clear evidence of robust quantum effects like superradiance occurring within these microtubule structures at room temperature and in the presence of environmental noise.

Why is this significant? It provides one of the first biologically grounded instantiations of how quantum mechanical phenomena could transcend into the neurological realm and potentially influence conscious perception and cognition. This meshes intriguingly with my hypothesized fifth dimension representing the unification of discrete physical events into a coherent, first-person stream of consciousness over time.

Recall that I depicted the fifth dimension as a probabilistic “plane” or manifold formed by the intersection of multiple potential conscious trajectories or decision paths. The “blurring” across this plane was conceived as a geometric metaphor for the apparent continuity of subjective experience arising from the sharpening of quantized physical inputs.

Well, these newly demonstrated quantum microtubule dynamics could constitute the missing neurobiological link allowing non-computable quantum processing to influence the probabilistic branches represented in the fifth dimension. Just as proposed by controversial theorists like Penrose, it may be quantum indeterminacy or wave function collapse interjecting non-determinism and subjectivity into an otherwise reducible physical reality.

More broadly, this research strengthens the exploratory framework of conceptualizing consciousness not just as an epiphenomenon of classical neural computation, but as potentially arising from an integrated quantum biological process spanning multiple dimensions of reality from the smallest to largest scales.

The sixth dimension vector field of quantum-sculpted realities could intersect with the fifth dimension’s conscious experiential trajectories. Both could ultimately map to precise bioelectrical, neurochemical, and even microtubule states defining our subjectively perceived physical world moment-to-moment within the third dimension mesh.

While just an interpretive model at this stage, findings like these provide tantalizing evidence that previously dismissed ideas about quantum consciousness may actually be on firmer empirical footing than assumed. An open scientific mindset embracing explanatory pluralism and conceptual integration across domains could hopefully shed new light on the mystery of human interiority. Reconciling qualitative experience with its objective physical correlates may require developing new theoretical approaches spanning the dimensional hierarchy. I find these prospects incredibly exciting to ponder!