Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bending Spacetime with String Theory

Where science, psychology, and psi events meet
One of the aspects of String Theory that is mind-boggling is the concept of dimensions inside other dimensions. To accomplish this feat, one dimension has to curl up inside the other. A comment someone made recently about inter-dimensional beings projected new light on this topic and provided a model to begin to form a mental construct to picture it.

The word “dimension” is a term used by both scientists and intuitive practitioners. However, it means different things in each context. To a scientist, it denotes a plane of measure, like length. To an intuitive, it means realms of existence. (For more on this topic, see the article Dimensions – A Word of Many Faces.)

String Theory concedes ten dimensions of measure to be described and eleven dimensions to be properly understood. These dimensions are planes of measure, like length. To describe a jet plane flying through the air, you would need four dimensions, including the x and y trajectories, the height from the ground, known as the z trajectory, and the speed, or time trajectory.

To get to the ten or eleven dimensions of String Theory, some dimensions have to be curled up inside another. That’s like width being curled up inside length, and that’s the mind-boggling part of the theory. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to imagine such a thing.

The reason that physicists theorize that these extra dimensions are curled up inside the ones we commonly experience is because matter travels in a circular pattern.

Recently, a colleague was discussing the possibility of inter-dimensional beings and declared that they had the capability of bending time so that five days spent with them may only correlate to a few minutes in our dimension.

What occurred to me was that if beings could exist in one of the curled up dimensions described in String Theory, the fabric of spacetime would be bent there in such a way that our timeframes would not be the same. So, the entities would not have to possess the capability to bend time because it would simply be a result of the difference in the dimensions.

Of course, this discussion brought to mind creation stories from several cultures and how the long periods of the Creator’s calendar differed so widely from the solar calendar days we use. Typically, a day for the Creator would equate to an epoch of time in Earth days.

These musings on curled up dimensions and the bending of spacetime may not hold up to the math of String Theory but, it certainly provided a model and framework to finally conceive the ideas.