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Tesseract

Postby Jechbi » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:30 am

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A fourth physical dimension represented in visual terms. Easy to conceptualize. Easy to understand how in theory one could move in a completely different direction, out of these three physical dimensions. In mathematical terms, there's no reason why there might not be an additional physical dimension that is not time or some other seemingly non-physical construct.

Yet we can't. We're stuck here, in this place, in this framework. This is an idea that has stuck with me since childhood, and I think I drew my first tesseract when I was 14 or 15 years old, before I ever had encountered the word. Now when I look at it, I see eight points. Now the tesseract makes me laugh, there's just something about it.

Part of me still wants to go there, as if there's somewhere else to go, somewhere else to be, something more to do and understand. And I'm sure there is, just as sure as I am that I'll never reach out with my hand and get there.

I figure we all have our tesseracts.
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Re: Tesseract

Postby Ben » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:49 am

Jechbi,
You are, indeed, an asset to this forum!

Part of me still wants to go there, as if there's somewhere else to go, somewhere else to be, something more to do and understand. And I'm sure there is, just as sure as I am that I'll never reach out with my hand and get there.


If I can quote the timeless words of my teacher...just observe!

I figure we all have our tesseracts.

I don't know about everyone, but I can vouch for my own.
Metta

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Re: Tesseract

Postby Guy » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:29 am

You're not alone with the tesseracts/hypercubes Jechbi,

I drew a hypercube for a high school art project, ended up getting a D for that class. Maybe I should have drawn it in math class? I didn't do well in school, my mind was always somewhere else. Now I'm here thinking about high school... :rofl:

Oh well, I should probably do some meditation and bring my mind back to the present.

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Re: Tesseract

Postby Mawkish1983 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:57 pm

I have a 2D-projection of a rotating isometric equilateral 4D geometric shape as my screensaver at work.

Spooky.

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Re: Tesseract

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:42 pm

Mawkish1983 wrote:I have a 2D-projection of a rotating isometric equilateral 4D geometric shape as my screensaver at work.

Spooky.


OK now that gave me a headache to read :tongue:

but science did admit time was the 4th dimention (or so I have heard) and believe that M-Theory states their are 11 dimentions
This offering maybe right, or wrong, but it is one, the other, both, or neither!
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Re: Tesseract

Postby Mawkish1983 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:53 pm

Manapa wrote:but science did admit time was the 4th dimention (or so I have heard)

That's why I said geometric, to make it clear I mean 4 spatial dimentions (ignoring the temporal, but as it's a rotating animation I suppose it is a 2+1D geometric projection of a 4+1D shape :D). I should take care to be more precise :D
Manapa wrote:M-Theory states their are 11 dimentions

Mmm, or 9, or 23... like Buddhism, string theory comes in many flavours :D

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Re: Tesseract

Postby Jechbi » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:32 am

Ben wrote:If I can quote the timeless words of my teacher...just observe!

Sound advice.
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Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.


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