Friday, May 4, 2012

Q: What would life be like in higher dimensions?
If you set off a firecracker in 3, 5, 7, etc. dimensions, then you’ll see and hear the explosion for a moment, and that’s it.  If you set of a firecracker in 4, 6, 8, etc. dimensions, then you’ll see and hear the explosion intensely for a moment, but will continue to see and hear it for a while.  For light the effect would be fairly subtle, except for extremely long-distance effects, like somebody reflecting a bright light off of the moon.  You probably wouldn’t notice the effect day-to-day.  However, it would ruin the experience of sound.  In 4 dimensional space the firecracker, even in open air, would sound like thunder; loud at first, and leading into a drawn out boom.  It may not even be possible to understand people when they speak.

1 comment:

  1. Well granted I have no formal training on this subject but I always envisioned it differently. Say there was a 2D world (X, Y) with living creatures. Somehow if we were able to communicate with them, it would be impossible for their brains to conceptualize 3D. I kind of always envisioned that being the cause with us and 4D. 4D would be not just an extension of our existing space in another axis, it would be something that would affect every object, living and not.

    This is really out there but I always liked to picture it as such. You can render 3D as a 2D picture easily. So maybe our 3D universe is similar to that, a picture of 4D. 4D is many 3D universes together, and our consciousness exists on the intersection of them. At any given time there are an infinite number of intersections, supporting the parallel universe theory. Well not too sure that is an accurate depiction of how I envision it mentally but just a fun thought.