Getting started with geographical coordinates

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Sat Apr 4 13:59:44 EDT 2020

A quip from my college days:

Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once. Space is what 
keeps everything from happening to YOU.

Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at
HyperActive Software |
On April 4, 2020 12:25:14 PM Bob Sneidar via use-livecode 
<use-livecode at> wrote:

> 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
> ahsoftware at<mailto:ahsoftware at>
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