This post is going to be about time.
More presicely, about being a sentient creature occupying an environment consisting of 4 dimensions (3 spatial, 1 temporal. aka Spacetime), while only being able to actively percieve 3. It will, of course, be pure conjecture. Sorry. My mind has just been wandering lately & I thought it might be productive if I tried to put it all down some place.
(I appreciate Muybridge’s work & understand that this may be poor or gratuitous usage, but hey what the hell… I wanted to take a time lapse video of myself typing this out, but didn’t have the equipment.
You’ll have to exptrapolate the short-timed nature of these visuals into a longer duration of minutes, hours & further.)
We all go through our lives more or less only aware of the moment we’re ‘in’: Our minds are only capable of self-awareness in one moment at a time. It’s as if our conciousness is a photograph of what it might acutally be… like our minds are only able to see one frame at a time from our film of conciousness, or one photograph at a time.
Of course, our memory and the very nature of our conciousness informs us that there is more than the single frame that we can percieve. If we compile Muybridge’s photography into a single frame, we might begin to get an idea of our four-dimensional selves…
As an aside, we also find inspiration for the Futurist’s concept of Dynamism, though that’s not what this post is about.
Both of the above works employ the merging of ‘frames’, but the ‘frames’ in time are infinitely small, meaning our four dimensional selves are less of a staggered photoshop trick, and more of an “organic curve through timespace”:
Math theorists have noted that any universe of X dimensions can be seen simply as a shadow of an X+1D universe, which compliments the idea that what we percieve is only a shadow of what ‘is’.
How can we represent the idea that the self is a curve through timespace, rather than the solid 3D object we’re used to? And can we take this idea and extrapolate it from the physical form into an idea of a body of conciousness extended through time?
Also, how does the concept of the Big Bang affect this, as what we THINK is stationary, is actually an unknown velocity? Could the velocity we’re floating away from the bang influence the nature of our timespace? Wouldn’t it have to, if Einstein’s general theory of relativity is correct?