**The
Possibility that All Life is a Single 5 ^{th}-Dimensional Entity (in a
6^{th}-Dimensional Universe)**

Mike
Blaber

11/9/06

__The relationship between
time and the perception higher-order dimensions__

*Example 1:* A one
dimensional creature and its ability to perceive a two-dimensional
object

Imagine that there is a
one-dimensional creature (Walter).
He lives in a one-dimensional world (a line), and can conceive only of
one-dimensional objects (i.e. something that has variable length, but no width
or height). The concepts of width
and height have no meaning to Walter.

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How might Walter perceive a
two-dimensional object, such as a circle?
It is not fair to ask him to simply imagine a circle; being a
one-dimensional creature, the idea of perceiving in two-dimensions would be an
utterly foreign concept, and his one-dimensional brain may not even be capable
of constructing such a reality.

However, if we passed a
circle through his one dimensional world, here is how it might look to
us:

Since Walter cannot see
beyond his one-dimensional world, here is how the circle (a two-dimensional
object) would appear as it passed through his world:

Thus, to Walter a “circle”
is comprehended as something that suddenly appears as a dot, then splits into
two dots that move in opposite directions equidistant to the starting point, and
then move back, converging once again to a dot, and then it disappears
completely.

There are various ways to
pervert the little guy’s definition of a circle – we could start to insert the
circle into his world and then withdraw it, we could start to insert it with an
initial velocity, and then change the velocity, we could insert it at an angle,
etc. We could even be so perverse
as to consistently do these different things to different one-dimensional
creatures, so that each one had a different definition of what a circle was
(sort of like the three blind men examining different parts of an elephant an
arriving at different conclusions as to what an elephant was).

In any case, let’s not be
mean, and instead, always pass the circle through at a constant velocity and
normal to Walter’s world. In this
case, he (or one of his more clever friends) could develop a mathematical
expression for the circle that would accurately describe the circles behavior
over time, and in this way, Walter and his friends could “comprehend” what this
two-dimensional object. Thus, as
far as Walter and his friends are concerned, a circle is a one-dimension object
that changes over time (in this case, the property of appearing, splitting into
two, moving apart at a predictable speed, stopping, moving back together at a
predictable speed, and then coalescing into a single point, and the disappearing
from their world entirely.

*Example 2:* A two-dimensional creature and its ability to
perceive a three-dimensional object

Assume that Walter is a
two-dimensional creature: he has length and width but no height. Again, he has no comprehension of
“height”, and it is possible that his two-dimensional brain is simply incapable
of conceiving of this additional dimension.

Walter is now capable of
perceiving and comprehending a circle. It can exist entirely within his world at
any given instant:

How would two-dimensional
Walter perceive a three-dimensional object like a hollow
sphere?

Once again, we could pass it
completely through his world so that he can perceive it in it’s
entirety:

And to Walter it would look
like this:

Thus, a three-dimensional
object (sphere) can be comprehended by two-dimensional Walter as a
two-dimensional object that changes over time: to Walter, a “sphere” suddenly makes its
appearance in his world as a dot which over time becomes an ever-expanding
circle; this expansion slows down, stops and reverses, becomes a dot, then
disappears from his world.

*Example 3:* Now we come to three-dimensional Walter, something
we are familiar with. He lives in a
three-dimensional world and he has length, width and
height:

Walter can comprehend a
three-dimensional object like a sphere, it can exist entirely within his
world:

How would a
fourth-dimensional object appear to Walter? We cannot draw a fourth-dimensional
object; however, we can predict how such an object might look to
Walter:

In this case, some
fourth-dimensional object that appears to be related in some way to what we know
as a sphere, suddenly appears as a dot in our world, then expands, slows down,
stops, and then contracts to a dot, and then suddenly disappears. Although it appears to change over time,
it is actually a single entity (fourth-dimensional) and so the change over time
in three-dimensions is the only way that we (being three-dimensional beings) can
comprehend it.

Therefore, it is entirely
possible that is an object in our three-dimensional world is observed to change
over time (particularly if the change is observed to be a predictable change),
that it is actually a single fourth-dimensional object (and understandable to us
only by observing over time). Here
is one possible example of such a fourth-dimensional
object:

*http://zonezero.com/magazine/essays/diegotime/time.html*

It is possible that this
person is simultaneously all these stages of life, but can only be understood by
us (and him; in our three dimensional world) through the passage of time. His appearance and disappearance in
“life” marking the entrance and exit of this fourth dimensional entity through
our three-dimensional world.

*Example 4:* A fifth dimension…

How would a fifth
dimensional object appear in a fourth dimensional world? This is too weird. But, we could ask how a fifth
dimensional object appears in a three dimensional world. It is analogous to how a three
dimensional object appears in a one dimensional world. How would a hollow sphere
(three-dimensions) appear to one-dimensional Walter? The answer is, it depends on how the
sphere is positioned as it goes through Walter’s one-dimensional world. If just the edge or cusp of the sphere
clips Walter’s world, then the sphere appears as a dot, barely separates into
two points, immediately coalesces back to a dot, and disappears. If the sphere is moved over slightly,
and then passed through Walter’s one-dimensional world again, the dots appear to
separate further before reversing direction, coalescing and disappearing. So, it seems that the sphere
(three-dimensions) is perceived in a one-dimensional world as change-with-time
(the circle) that itself changes with time (i.e. each passage yields different
behavior of the circle). Thus, we
conclude that a fifth dimensional object passing through a three-dimensional
world would manifest itself as a three-dimensional object whose change with time
itself changes with time. Is there
an example of this seemingly complex behavior of an object in
three-dimensions? In the case of
the three-dimensional object above (i.e. a person, that clearly changes with
time, and is therefore potentially a fourth dimensional object), there
is:

*http://www.archaeologyinfo.com/images/phylogeny%20copy.jpg*

The entity above (*homo sapiens*) did not exist 1 million
years ago. If humans were immutable
(as a species) but changed with time (“aged”) they could conceivably have no
higher complexity than four dimensions; however, in addition to individuals
aging with time, the species has also changed with time. Thus, this change with change in time is
a characteristic of a fifth-dimensional object passing through (or being
perceived within) a three-dimensional world. In this case, what is the
fifth-dimensional object? It
appears to be an entity that simultaneously includes the species above. But the past extends beyond the 5
million years ago shown in the picture, thus, other precursor species are
potentially included in the single fifth-dimensional object. This would appear to include, therefore,
all life. **Thus, it is possible that all life, past,
present and future, is a single fifth-dimensional
object.**

__Thermodynamic
Issues__

In the examples above,
notice that Walter’s perception of the higher-dimensional objects passing
through his universe are that basic thermodynamic laws regarding conservation of
matter (and energy) are violated. The objects (i.e. having mass, and with
intrinsic energy content) “appear” in his world, as well as “disappear”. Thus, there is a violation of the first
law of thermodynamics (conservation of energy; and consideration of the
energy/mass equivalence). However,
there is no violation if the universe (i.e. system and surroundings) being
considered are the higher-order dimension. Therefore, for one-dimensional Walter
there is no violation of the first law of thermodynamics when a two-dimensional
object passes through his world if we consider that the actual universe is
two-dimensional. Similarly, for
two-dimensional Walter there is no violation of the first law of thermodynamics
when a three-dimensional object passes through his world if the actual universe
is three-dimensional (and so on). Therefore, if all life is postulated to
be a 5^{th}-dimensional object, it would seem necessary that it reside
in a 6^{th}-dimensional universe so as to avoid a conflict with the
first law of thermodynamics.

However, related to this
question, in our three-dimensional world we have never observed a violation of
the first law of thermodynamics.
Living objects, although being born and then dying, are not associated
with the sudden appearance and disappearance of mass; the first law of
thermodynamics is not violated. Thus, there would appear to be no
evidence of any fourth-dimensional object having passed through our world. This would appear to argue against the
existence of the universe existing in a higher dimension.

©2006 Dr. Michael
Blaber