Friday, December 26, 2008

Altering Fate

I often think that we are like the carp swimming 
contentedly in that pond. 
We live out our lives in our own pond, confident that our 
Universe consists of only the familiar and the visible. 
We smugly refuse to admit that parallel universes or dimensions 
can exist next to ours, 
just beyond our grasp. 

If our scientists invent concepts like forces, 
it is only because they cannot visualize 
the invisible vibrations that fill the empty space around us. 
Some scientists sneer at the mention of higher dimensions 
because they cannot be conveniently measured in the laboratory.

- Michio Kaku

Newton's idea of temporal absolutism, and our limited perceptual capacity, commit human beings to the notion of both unidirectional time and its strict linearity. Yet, quantum mechanics reveals a much more complex and relativistic view of time and space.  Klaus Riegel's work emphasizes the concept of time as dialectical, interrelated and says that events in our lives:

...lead to the formation of conflicts and resolutions... 
temporal markings, produced by the synchronization 
of these sequences and represent transitions in the 
sequences of qualitative changes...

thus, elucidating the relative nature of the events, the sequential measure used, and meaning and awareness within a person's sense of time and space. In other words, our development into full human beings is not necessarily measured or appraisable vis-à-vis the traditional ordinal or interval temporal increments.

Quantum physics, and more specifically string theory, are gradually refining and delineating our understanding of time continuity and discontinuity. And these new understandings, being explored by brilliant, iconoclastic quantum physicists like Michio Kaku, give rise to so many potentials beyond our current comprehension; including a restructuring of  our place in the Universe, time and events in which we play a role, and even the outer edges of transcendental possibilities such as time travel, parallel universes, and multiple dimensions.  

The most phenomenally mysterious, consequential forces in our Universe, I believe, are precisely those that cannot be measured within a flask or under a microscope or with a psychometric tool. There is simply no way to measure time, space, fractal dimensions and meaning, or even love within the four walls of science.


dethmama said...

Indeed, I've always had a problem with the concept of "time". The quantum and string theorists will, hopefully, give us all a new spin on the subject as they already have with regard to multiple universes and dimensions.

Amy said...

I watched a show on PBS a few months ago about quantum physics. This particular show was discussing the theory of parallel universes created at major decisions in our lives. Lets say you decide to get married, this would occur, but in another realm you would remain single. It continues to branch off with each choice. It is so mind boggling that I can not fully fathom it, but at the same time I like this theory.

Richarg said...

Break down the walls of human perception of objects, ideas and times etc. And one may simply be left with infinity.

Alexa said...

Yes, yes, and yes to it all.


Joanne, what is the music that plays on your site? Who's its creator? ... it's mesmerizing ...

Thanks, and blessings on you as 2009 dawns ...


Alexa said...

"There is simply no way to measure time, space, fractal dimensions and meaning, or even love within the four walls of science."

... May it ever remain so.

Joanne, the music on your blog is outstanding. Would you consider letting your readers in on your track list? :-)

Unknown said...

oy vey! This is what I've been telling you... this leads easily into my Spirituality.

There simply too much out there that is unexplainable- and even as science tries to name it and define it... it just lets us down in the end because some other scientest comes along and disproves it all.

"I love and I hope, because love can hope where reason would despair"


The soul still sings in the darkness telling of the beauty she found there; and daring us not to think that because she passed through such tortures of anguish, doubt, dread, and horror, as has been said, she ran any the more danger of being lost in the night. Nay, in the darkness did she, rather, find herself.

--St. John, Dark Night of the Soul

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