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dimension (dî-mčn´shen, dė-)
1.A measure of spatial extent, especially width, height, or length.
2.Often dimensions . Extent or magnitude; scope: a problem of alarming dimensions.
3.Aspect; element: "He's a good newsman, and he has that extra dimension" (William S. Paley).
4.Mathematics. a. One of the least number of independent coordinates required to specify uniquely a point in space or in space and time. b. The range of such a coordinate.
5.Physics. A physical property, such as mass, length, time, or a combination thereof, regarded as a fundamental measure or as one of a set of fundamental measures of a physical quantity: Velocity has the dimensions of length divided by time.
dimensioned, dimensioning, dimensions
1.To cut or shape to specified dimensions.
2.To mark with specified dimensions.
[Middle English dimensioun,
from Latin dėmęnsio, dėmęnsion-, extent, from dėmęnsus, past
participle of dėmętėrė, to measure out : dis-, dis- + mętėrė, to
- dimen´sional adjective
- dimen´sional´ity (-she-nāl´î-tę) noun
- dimen´sionally adverb
- dimen´sionless adjective
Dimension, in geometry, a property of space. In common experience the world is three-dimensional. Three measures- breadth, width, and depth- are needed to define a volume. In mathematics and physics the concept of dimension is used more abstractly; spaces of four, or even an infinite number of dimensions are commonly used. The spaces with many dimensions that are used in mathematics and physics have no commonsense meaning, but are very powerful tools that are crucial to subjects like quantum physics. Also, dimension need not always be a whole number. For example, fractals are mathematical objects that have fractional dimension.
fourth dimension (fôrth dî-mčn´shen) noun
Time regarded as a coordinate dimension and required by relativity theory, along with three spatial dimensions, to specify completely the location of any event.
dimensions, longitude, length
greatness: dimensions, magnitude, quantity, degree
size: proportions, dimension, dimensions, measurement, measurements, measure
metrology: metrology, dimensions, length, breadth, height, depth, thickness, size
The further limits of our
being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of
existence from the sensible and merely "understandable" world. Name it
the mystical region, or the supernatural
region, whichever you choose. So far as our ideal impulses originate
in this region (and most of them do originate in it, for we find them
possessing us in a way for which we cannot articulately account), we
belong to it in a more intimate sense than that in which we belong to
the visible world, for we belong in the most intimate sense wherever
our ideals belong.
William James (1842-1910), U.S. psychologist, philosopher. _The Varieties of Religious Experience_, Lecture 20 (1902).
Design in art, is a recognition of the relation
between various things, various elements in the creative flux.
You can't invent a design. You recognise it, in the fourth dimension.
That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. _Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence_, pt. 4, "Art and Morality" (ed. by E. McDonald, 1936).
Cartoons and Drawing
In the final analysis, a
drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient
its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly
the imaginary lines of projection meet
higher dimensions, the better.
Paul Klee (1879-1940), Swiss artist. _The Diaries of Paul Klee_ 1898-1918, no. 681 (1957; tr. 1965), entry July 1905.
The great teacher of metaphysics, strangely enough , is Nature...the foetus in the womb duplicates the entire evolution of life from amoeba through fish, etc. But why then do we halt the metaphor at birth? Inasmuch as we each end in death as individuals, then so probably the entire course of organic existence ends in a kind of closure that is a return to the inorganic. But in this process something called organic existence has for millions of years clothed itself in the raiment of Matter and has carried out this elaborate informational exchange. Matter has been invaded by a vitality that animates it and calls it forth to procreate, build cities, write poetry, compose sonatas. I just cannot believe that it is not the descent into matter of some kind of higher-dimensional thing.
We've come to the end of our road in birthing new models of community. Wouldn't you agree that when we look aback over the whole history of life as known to us, it appears to be some kind of strategy for the conquest of dimensionality? The earliest forms of life were fixed slimes of some sort. Then you get very early motility, but not sense organs, where organisms literally feel their way from one point of perception to another. Then comes sequestering of light-sensitive pigment upon the outer membrane, and the notion of a gradient between here and there appears. Then for a long, long time there's the coordination of backbones, skeletons, binocular vision and so forth. Then, with human beings some fundamental boundary is crossed, ending the conquest of terrestrial space, and beginning the conquest of time, first through memory and strategic triangulation of data out of memory, and then the invention of epigenetic coding, writing, and electronic databases. There's an ever more deep and thorough spreading out into time. In this Eschatonic transition that I'm talking about, the deployed world of three-dimensional space shrinks to the point where all points are cotangent. We literally enter hyperspace, and it's no longer a metaphorical hyperspace. What we're saying is, this transition from one dimension of existence to another is the continuation of a universal program of self-extension and transcendence that can be traced back to the earliest and most primitive kind of protoplasm.
- Terence McKenna - _The Evolutionary Man_
What it means is that time will eventually go so fast that the rest of the future - all of it - will happen in a few seconds. This is similar to the bubble-like expansion of space and time at the birth of the universe. There will be a contraction of space and time at the end that will be similar to the bursting of a bubble. That's what I think lies at the bottom of the basin of attraction that is pulling us towards itself and that seems to be located in the late months of 2012.
bb: How did you choose 2012?
TM: Well that is a complicated story, my dear.
bb: It's too soon. Pick a later date.
TM: Seems too soon to you does it?
bb: Oh yes.
TM: Well when I chose it it was twice as far away. It's true though, it does feel like we're kind of rushing towards it. On the other hand, if you have an exponential collapse, it can really catch you by surprise. The burst of the universe must have caught somebody by surprise.
bb: So what's 2013 going to be like?
TM: Well that's a good question. That's like asking, 'how shall we imagine what we in principal cannot imagine?' But on the other hand, there are ways to approach it, and model it. I think what's going on is some kind of conquest of dimensions. The previous dimension in which you've been imbedded becomes a unified plane from your new point of view. Maybe what is happening is that culture is somehow going to bootstrap itself into a kind of intellectual hyperspace. And then the question is, where is that? Is it enfolded within the eyelash of a fruit-fly? Can we become as viruses and just drift in the stratocumulus clouds? I don't know, but it's not my business at this point to know that. I think we have a lot to go through. I think that people don't understand. As the Firesign Theater used to say, 'Everything you know is wrong.' But that is a very liberating understanding, because if everything you know is wrong, then all the problems you thought were insoluble can be framed differently. And there's a way to take the world apart and put it back unrecognizably. We don't really understand what consciousness is at the really deep levels. With some of the tryptamine hallucinogens, you see into possibilities where questions like, 'are you alive?' 'are you dead?' 'are you you?' seem to have been transcended. I think people have a very narrow conception of what is possible with reality, that we're surrounded by the howling abyss of the unknowable and nobody knows what's out there.
"When you say "Climb a Tree", what you mean is: gain a higher-dimensional vantage point on the landscape of experience. This is what the psychedelic does, and what you do with that point of view is entirely up to you." - Terence McKenna
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