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The universe has neither beginning nor end – a zero and ten-dimensional, infinitely cycling existence.

Apologies in advance if I begin to waffle – transcribing my thoughts into a post has proved incredibly difficult. To start, reading my posts Sims: What is ‘time’ – exploring the fourth dimension and Sims: Free will doesn’t exist – the universe is ‘scripted’ will prove extremely helpful in understanding this idea, so I plead you to do so before continuing.

Anyway, this is an original idea of mine, and is something that wreaks absolute havoc on my mind. I really hope you will enjoy it. You must completely disregard the idea of time in order to visualise this; because our minds are so fixated on the universe unfolding via ‘time’, it will be very difficult to achieve this visualisation without doing so. Remember: TIME DOES NOT EXIST.

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Free will doesn’t exist – the universe is ‘scripted’.

I like this idea. In a way it relieves me in knowing that everything that happens does so, not for any purpose, but through inevitability. It’s unavoidable, so I should not worry about or regret anything. Of course, I do not use this as an excuse to do whatever I please… I’m straying from the subject so I’ll get back to it. In my last post (Sims: What is ‘time’ – exploring the fourth dimension.), I discussed ideas surrounding the third-dimensional universe and the fourth dimension itself. It would highly recommend reading it first, so as to fully grasp the concepts I want to put forward here.

To begin, look at the idea of time (or the fourth dimension to be scientifically accurate). Imagine it as a line, stretching from the moment of the universe’s conception (the past) all the way to the future, whatever that may be. On this line is a point, the present, constantly moving forward into the future. Now I’m going to keep this short and sweet; when we look back to events in the past, nothing changes. Of course it doesn’t, it just would not make sense if it did. The Allies and Axis can’t have both won the Second World War in two separate scenarios; it doesn’t work. Nothing changes, no matter where in the past we look to, no matter how far back. So surely the same must be true for the future?

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What is ‘time’ – exploring the fourth dimension.

To begin, ‘time’ and the fourth dimension are two completely separate ideas, unlike common belief. Before I begin discussing the fourth dimension, I want to clear up what ‘time’ actually is. Time is a subjective measurement created by humans to record, keep track of and plan events occurring in the universe. If another intelligent race exists elsewhere in the universe, chances are they have their own measurement of ‘time’, but their ‘second’ would be completely different to ours. Think of how both the imperial and metric system of measuring distance are both valid ways of doing so, but have very different intervals. But if these measuring systems did not exist, that doesn’t mean that distance would suddenly cease to exist. It is exactly the same with time in relation to the fourth dimension. The fourth dimension is ‘duration’ – i.e. the opportunity for the unfolding of events to occur, and time is simply our way of measuring it..

Almost everybody on the planet has come to believe that we exist in a three-dimensional universe, as that is what we perceive. However, this is not the case – we exist within the extended idea of the fourth dimension. I’m going to break it down and create a step-by-step guide to ‘reaching’ the fourth dimension.

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We exist in the future; we perceive the past.

I was recently acquainted with this interesting, but fairly simple, idea – that we exist in the future of what we perceive.
To begin: light takes time to travel; one second to cross 299,792,458 metres, to be exact. Now take the stars in the night sky, for example; Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun, is approx. 4.2 light-years away. This, of course, means that the light emanating from it takes 4.2 years to reach us here on Earth. We therefore see the star as it was 4.2 years ago.
Light from everything in the universe, including this text which you are reading now, has taken time, no matter how miniscule an amount, to reach your eyes. Say, for example, your monitor is 50cm from your eyes; it has taken the light from said monitor 1.66782048×10-9 seconds to arrive at your retina. You are therefore viewing the monitor as it was 1.66782048×10-9 seconds ago. Every single object you see is merely an image of what that object looked like in the past. This includes your own body.

Conclusion (TL:DR) – Because light takes time to travel, we see everything in the universe for what they were in the past. Our body, therefore, physically exists fractionally further in the future of what we perceive.

Cheers,
Sims.