Getting started with geographical coordinates

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Sat Apr 4 13:23:15 EDT 2020

I see where people get confused. When we talk about dimensions, for most people the “Physical” in  “Physical Dimensions” is implied, just like when Dad says, “Hand me the map”, what he really means is, “Hand me the plastic coated street and highway map of the state of California that we just purchased at the 7-11 10 minutes ago". We use these abbreviated forms of implicit communication because being absolutely specific about aspect of every object or idea we wish to convey would be impossible.

Put another way, a chemist might say, “when I heat water to 212 degrees Farenheight, the water boils.” Implicit in that statement is the fact that he is at sea level, that the water is pure, that he is on the planet earth, that the air pressure is at or near a certain level, etc. Every such statement contains the unspoken, “All other things being equal” clause we always unconsciously take for granted.

So when physicists call Time (or anything else) another dimension, they are pulling a kind of, "bait and switch”. They stop talking about “Physical” dimensions, and begin talking about something else, but they never warn us of this transition! Here’s why I do not believe there are any more dimensions in the classical sense.

If I alter one of the dimensions of a 3D object, I do not affect the other two dimensions. But if a alter time itself, I alter ALL of the other 3 dimensions. Time is more like a modifier of the physical dimensions. (One could also argue that spacial dimension creates the effect of time.)

Think of it this way. If I could make time infinitely short, everything would be reduced to an infinitely small point, because for there to be anything else, an object could theoretically be at one point in space and not another, implying that at another time it could be at another and not the original point.

This is an effect bantied about when discussing traveling at near light speeds. Not only does time compress (it is thought) but so does matter. The implication is that if you could get everywhere infinitely fast you would already be there and so there would be no time. And no space for that matter.

Bob S

On Apr 4, 2020, at 9:20 AM, Mark Wieder via use-livecode <use-livecode at<mailto:use-livecode at>> wrote:

On 4/4/20 8:37 AM, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode wrote:

Once I caught on, I realized that Mathematics was really a kind of numerical language for defining aspects of this 3 dimensional nature we call The Universe.

You're still stuck in 3? Try 10.

Mark Wieder
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