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According to The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra, all matter in the universe is an interconnected "event matrix" illumined by and affected by the mind and consciousness of the observer. In other words, the observer is not only an essential part of reality, but reality is also influenced by the methods used by the observer to measure it.
"...with what measure ye mete, It shall be measured unto you again." (St. Matthew 7:2)
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Everything requires dimensions for us to exist and to be aware. The first seven are: height, width, depth, duration, probabilities, principles, and consciousness. Learn how mind and consciousness can influence the direction of your future.
The Dimensions of Zero to Ten and Beyond
What we know so far is that we are multidimensional beings with several bodies of higher and higher order starting with the physical body (having 4 dimensions with specific location and form in the space-time continuum), then the astral body (emotions embedded in 5 dimensional potentials), the causal body (principle thought matrix or 6th dimensional blueprint of all manifestation), and the celestial body (mainly having 7 dimensions with the effect of self-actualization consciousness or self-awareness), and God (the ultimate source of all reality within us) which goes up from the 7th to all the higher dimensions.
What we encounter beyond the 4th dimension is the 5th dimension which is beyond time and space and is no longer energy as we know it but is rather the potential for energy or for every kind of energy or event imaginable. Because it is beyond space and time, it is not established in a specific point in time or space but rather as a holographic influence of potential events. Hence we are actually working with this many dimensions whenever we visualize a certain outcome or event.
Because we (the observers) are not actually rooted in the highly limited 4 dimensional physiology of the physical brain, nerves, senses and body, but in the true roots or source in the higher (7th, 8th, 9th, etc.) dimensions, the only way it is anchored to one's present physical situation is through the matrix of the soul which is the soul determination of all experiences from here to eternity.
This Matrix (not trying at all to refer to that movie "The Matrix" but seems to be some interesting parallels!) of the soul is actually some sort of an event continuum regulator or filter which works by maintaining (or specifying) one's location in 5 dimensions and the laws by which one's life operates (location in 6 dimensions). This is very, very significant, because simply by changing one's self-concept, one's location (every aspect of one's life situation!) in the 5th and 6th dimensions can change radically. I feel that one's specific location of consciousness can (and regularly does so naturally at random unless unfluenced by mental/emotional concentration) SHIFT over to neighboring parallel universes or alternate histories determined by the causal body's thought matrix.
Its all about location, location, lacation and location again. It is one's specific location in one's entire multidimensional universe that determines and defines everything that happens! Your location in physical space (3rd), your location in time (4th), your location in probability (5th), and again, your location or position in the realm of all the various laws or principles (6th) of physics that will be most influencial to the way all events behave.
These are actual geometric dimensions I am talking about which are not always entirely "metaphysical" or "mystical" dimensions. To give you a much more clear, down-to-earth example of how these dimensions are actually a very real and integrated part of everyday life I will use the following conversational examples with each one followed by a short description of each dimension:
0 dimension - "I am at the corner"
0) The "0" or "zero" dimension is an infinitely small point. It has absolutely no width, length, height, volume, or mass. It is used mainly as an indicator of location, usually on a map. It seems to me that one is always viewing the universe from a single infinitesimal point of consciousness which is the opposite or reciprocal side of infinity. Zero is the reciprocal of the strongest or highest level of infinity possible (infinite dimensions) as each extra dimension is a stronger infinity than the dimension beneath it.
1 dimension - "I am at the corner of 1st street"
1) The first dimension is length whose domain or geometric equivalent is an absolutely straight, endless, yet infinitely thin line. It is mostly involved with the measurement of the shortest possible distance between two objects.
2 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd"
2) The second is width, which is best understood as a plane stretching out in all directions, like a screen, but infinitely thin. One's example of its use is in the creation of maps on large flat surfaces such as sheets of paper.
3 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet"
3) The third dimension is volume or space, extending out in all directions and best understood as a pile of an infinite number of planes stacked together. One common use of the third dimension is the application of parallax or computation of distance through space using binocular vision.
4 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet at the time of 11:30 am, Saturday, July 4th."
4) The fourth dimension is time, or duration, which in turn, is actually an infinite number of "spaces" stacked together in succession creating the effect of varying positions of objects in motion. Being on time is critical in so many areas of life. Careful timing, especially when crossing a busy road is absolutely vital. Gravity and gravity waves (which move at the speed of light) are nothing more than a four-dimensional distortion of three-dimensional space so it axis gets shifted toward the direction of time so that the stronger the gravitational field the more time slows down.
5 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet at the time of 11:30 am, Saturday, July 4th and I will probably be at the marketplace by 12:30 pm this afternoon."
5) The fifth dimension is probabilty, (the field of all possibilities!) best envisioned by stacking together an infinite number of time lines, parallel universes, probable events or histories. Remember that 1990's science fiction TV series, "Sliders"? The conscious and subconscious mind has its foundation in the fifth dimension (field of all possibilities) and higher dimensions (principles, laws, God, etc.) Whenever you plan a trip, or contemplate the possible consequences of an action, or visualize the varous possible outcomes of your life, you are are in a way, thinking in the fifth dimension. The mind is constantly functioning on the knowledge of most likley effects, outcomes or scenarios resulting from certain possible initiated behaviors. Just using your judgement to survive, forces you to use as many as five dimensions in your reasoning.
Knowing the most likely consequences or outcome of one's actions or the most likely results of any hypothetical situation is critical to survival. "What would happen if you do this? Or what would happen if you ... ?" One is working with the 5th dimension when trying to choose which future event you would like to have happen. When one ponders the most likely consequences of every action, one is stacking up a collection of parallel events or possible future "histories" in one's mind. Light is waves of five-dimensional fluxation of space at 186,000 miles a second. Whenever closely measured or observed, these waves appear as massless particles or photons manifesting most often where the wave intensity is deepest. A five-dimensional wave of space is nothing more than a quantum field expanding at the speed of light.
The fifth and sixth dimensions contain the universal subconscious mind of all. Whatever happens in one's life, it first has to come from the subconscious "field of all possibilities" (fifth dimension) guided by whatever principles of nature or of universal mind (sixth dimension) that happen to be operating at the time with the illumination or actualizing power of the seventh and higher dimensions.
Cosmology from... Consciousness
I guarantee you will see the universe in a way you've never seen it before! The following alternative cosmology articles came from a period of over thirty-seven years of deep contemplation on the nature of reality starting in 1975. They contain my best insights on creation including a compendium of compatible alternative cosmological concepts regarding the formation of the universe and the creation of reality. Most scientific thinking today still revolves around the idea that reality is structured independent of our consciousness and that all thoughts, feelings and consciousness are strictly artifacts of the human brain. However, a vast assortment of life's deepest mysteries could never, ever be solved by assuming that consciousness has nothing to do with "external" reality.
6 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet at the time of 11:30 am, Saturday, July 4th and I will probably be at the marketplace by 12:30 this afternoon as long as the traffic behaves mildly."
6) The sixth dimension is the domain of all possible natural laws. Try to imagine an unlimited series of variations in the way things could behave or in the way in which nature could operate. Try to imagine an unlimited stack of an infinite number of "fields of all possibilities." Our survival often depends on at least a basic familiarity of the behavior of water, principles of physics, laws of nature, gravity, etc. The nuclear force tends to be highly sixth dimensional. If that same force becomes five dimensional it is immediately much weaker yet more extensive. That same force in just four dimensions is gravity (very weak!) which is when it involves only four dimensions of "space." There is acutally only one unified force or field which behaves quite differently with each corresponding dimension or level of "space" it crosses through and/or works with and it always originates from a higher dimension to a lower one.
7 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet at the time of 11:30 am, Saturday, July 4th and I will probably be at the marketplace by 12:30 this afternoon as long as the traffic behaves mildly and that I remain fully alert throughout the journey."
7) The seventh (and higher) dimension is consciousness, especially cosmic consciousness, the Illuminator of all thoughts, experiences, objects, etc. and the ultimate Author of and governing body of all laws, principles, etc. Consciousness (the seventh and higher dimensions) is the field of all reality upon which existence has its basis. It as the "daylight" of one's consciousness or "wholeness" behind and within every aspect of life and living. We use the seventh dimension every day to experience life. It is the ultimate Source of all phenomena. It is the unbounded free field of dynamic interconnectivity, without which nothing could exist. It is the universal Oneness behind and within all creation. It occupies no single location or time; it is timeless and all-pervading. Does this sound like God?
8 dimensions - "I am at the corner of 1st and 33rd at an altitude of 500 feet at the time of 11:30 am, Saturday, July 4th and I will probably be at the marketplace by 12:30 this afternoon as long as the traffic behaves mildly, and that I remain fully alert throughout the journey in spite of the fact that I have, just now, fully ascended into my Atman."
Regarding the eighth, ninth, etc. (for every number up, there is a whole new level of infinity) they are like a series of hierarchically arranged governments each infinitely broader than the one beneath. Always remember that every dimension number or level is made up of itself multiplyed by everything contained inside the dimensions beneath it. For example, the sixth dimension is one "infinity" higher than, yet made up of the 5th x 4th x 3rd x 2nd x 1st dimensions. In physical reality, the dimensions, starting at the fifth, become very tightly curved and increasingly compact through gravitational collapse. Also the duality and meaning of existence verses non-existence seem to be transcended in dimensions higher than the fourth. In other words even though it creates everything in existence, it seems to have no existence of its own. After all, what exactly is consciousness anyway? Logical sequences (the arrow of time) start to break down as soon as one crosses through the "event horizon" or "gateway" beyond the 4th and into the fifth dimension, 6th, 7th, 8th, and beyond.
Some physicists say the tenth is the highest, after which gravitational collapse prevents any further depths or extensions. A 10 dimensional object the size of an electron might weigh trillions of tons and be the most concentrated form of mass/energy possible. I do not believe in the "Big Bang" theory of creation, however it it were true, the universe would had to have been, according to this theory, at the so-called beginning of time, a 10 dimensional object the size of an electron weighing in at roughly 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons. For such an extreme event from such an extreme concentration as this is far too unlikely for my reasoning and common sense.
Worlds Beyond Worlds
The Collision of Dreams and Reality - We shall explore the very fringes of human knowledge where dreams and reality merge into what can only be called a "twilight zone" where orbs of light and mysterious space craft pop in and out of our perception, and various types of humanoids and other creatures are discovered to our shock and amazement to momentarily appear and disappear. They often appear, like ghosts, semitransparent and can only stay in our vibration rate for a short time before dematerializing back into their own dimension. Some visitors may be able to stay longer than others, and the most physical ones may even be inhabiting our earth, sometimes intermixing with our own kind before too many people become aware of them.
The Highest Dimension of All
What is actually the highest dimension of all? Theoretically, there is and will alaways be yet an aditional dimension above and beyond the previous dimension perceived. This effect is because of the nature of consciousness: whenever there is one aspect or level of experience, there will always be one beyond it. To help understand the implications of what I am saying, is to refer to a common question among philosophers, "Can God create a rock heavier than He can move?" Or a similar question, "Can God create a problem greater than He can solve?" The answer to both questions is, "No!" because there will always exist a higher dimension infinitely more powerful, harmonious, wiser and integrated than the one beneath it. God-tuned faith moves mountains and solves impossible problems because the dimension it (Soul or Universal Spirit) comes from is always from a much deeper, higher and more concentrated source of energy than is available from the one beneath it, such as the zero point field for example, which can be an unlimited source of energy.
Whatever we think, feel and imagine, through universal law, has to take shape as a series of very similar and related events. Imagination, which is stronger than will power, is therefore the forerunner of life's coming attractions. Whatever principles you presently go by or believe in, may drastically affect your future existence. You are far more powerful than you ever imagined. You are God dreaming yourself as the person reading this text. This is because the root of your very being is God and your individual awareness is profoundly connected to the "Atman" which in turn is deeply and permanently inbedded in the eternal foundation of existence.
The planes of mystic realization seem to correspond quite well with the ascending sequence of geometric dimensions, especially in all their descriptions and aspects. First of all, mystics explain that the higher realms are always incomprehensible to those living in the lower realms and the only way to prove and "understand" them would be to go there and experience them yourself. Even the fifth dimension to start with is incomprehenisble to ordinary people presently living in the physical body because it is a timeless "space" of all possibilities transcendent to most linear cause and effect (logic) sequences. Thus any past or future "events" and possibilities stored in the fifth dimension would not be available for viewing by our limited three-dimensional physical brains, and would have to go entirely beyond the physical senses to experience them in some higher chakra (third eye?) transport or other subtler faculty of awareness.
Anyway, the third and fourth dimensions (and very little of the fifth) seem to correspond very much to the routine and common experience of the world through the physical senses of the physical plane where all things are restricted to the linear space-time continuum of logical sequences. Everything in the physical realm is susceptible to the arrow of time and therefore must ultimately be brought to "justice", rust, decay, death and/or dissolution. The fifth would most likely correspond with the astral plane(s) where there is much less restriction to the logical continuum of space-time and therefore entities would tend to last much, much longer and be far less restricted to the effects of decay, time or even from having to stay so much in one time or place. In other words, travel throughout whole universes throughout all time is entirely possible, or at least being able to visit the akashic records (events stored in 5 dimensional space) and see visions of past times and possible future events. Thus adepts in astral travel and advanced inhabitants of the astral planes do claim to be able to travel back and forward in time which in my opinion would be impossible without first having access to some sort of fifth dimension allowing enough room for the spirit's subjective squential time-line to bend back and forth or change direction through a "field of all probabilities" before lining up with a previous or yet-to-happen sequence of events.
To get a physical material structure's timeline sequence to switch around (which would require at least some five dimensional "room" outside the space-time continuum), it would need massive amounts of energy to keep it from gravitationally collapsing long before it can safely "reverse" directions into the past. Time travel of physical objects from the physical world would therefore require so much concentrated energy it would be impossible with today's technology to do such a thing. However, because astral and especially spiritual awareness is subtle enough to go outside of all the restrictions of body, mind, space, time and energy, it can easily do this without the need for any profoundly sophisticted or expensive "extraterrestrial" equipment. Even the creation of a wormhole would require massive amounts of energy or of a yet unknown extraordinary technology such as somehow gaining access and complete control of a spinning black hole, yet in the afterlife, such things seem to happen spontaneously.
As we go on into the higher astral, mental and causal planes, more and more access to and/or travel through the higher dimensions seem to be possible. In the numerous mystical accounts of experiencing greater intensity of light, bliss, knowledge, subtleness, and more permanent joy, love, etc. I feel these realities could only be possible and contained within greater and higher dimensional constructs. Surat Shabd Yoga's highest plane of attainment, Anami, Akah, or "nameless" may correspond with the eleventh dimension. The arrow of time (linear decay) at that most super sublime level is so completey and utterly dissolved into so many levels (11-4 or seven out of eleven directions) of boundlessness that life at such an awesome and lofty height would have to be everlasting and completely free of any type of decay. Nothing other than an absolutely perfect oneness, wholeness or supreme utter delight in a limitless multidimensional ocean of crystalizing light. I am willing to put forth the likelihood of yet even higher planes, dimensions and possibilities that the extraordinary human spirit has yet to discover or remember, and become or merge into.
Now the question remains, "What really is the highest dimension?" or even better put, "What will always be that dimension higher than the one beneath it?" The answer may startle and surprise you. The answer is you. You are and always will be the dimension higher than the highest one ever conceived or experienced! This fact exists because once you experience something, you (at the level of Spirit or Soul) automatically become the dimension higher than what is being experienced, otherwise, it could not at all be experienced or comprehended in the first place and will remain undefined and unmanifested until it is sensed or perceived. In the same way, a computer cannot be simpler than the data it contains. Also, you always have the root of your being in God(dess). Because You (your Cosmic Self) are the Perceiver or Observer, You are always the unmanifested, undefinable Mystery Source of (cosmic) consciousness above an beyond whatever is created, conceived or goes on. Your power is limitless and there is no greater power than You, who is and always will be the greatest and highest Principle of creation in all the universes. We obviously must align ourselves with this great truth and its awesome benefits which can take life-times of meditation, research, and Self-exploration to fully realize.
Quantum Physics & The Law of Abundance
There is a law of abundance (or attraction) that can be used to gradually bring wonderful changes into your existence! I have known deep in my heart these beautiful and inspiring truths all my life. If you hate your life, you need to refine, uplift, and purify your emotions, lifestyle, mental states and consciousness. Mastering the law of abundance can be achieved by becoming free of all addictions and attachments. Simply by eating only the healthiest and spiritually uplifting foods, you are also dramatically improving your state of being. Transforming not only your thoughts but your diet as well is an essential part of the whole process toward a greater inner fulfillment that may gradually transform circumstances.
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Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions by Lisa Randall - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - The concept of additional spatial dimensions is as far from intuitive as any idea can be. Indeed, although Harvard physicist Randall does a very nice job of explaining--often deftly through the use of creative analogies--how our universe may have many unseen dimensions, readers' heads are likely to be swimming by the end of the book. Randall works hard to make her astoundingly complex material understandable, providing a great deal of background for recent advances in string and supersymmetry theory. As coauthor of the two most important scientific papers on this topic, she's ideally suited to popularize the idea. What is absolutely clear is that physicists simply do not yet know if there are extra dimensions a fraction of a millimeter in size, dimensions of infinite size or only the dimensions we see. What's also clear is that the large hadron collider, the world's most powerful tool for studying subatomic particles, is likely to provide information permitting scientists to differentiate among these ideas soon after it begins operation in Switzerland in 2007. Randall brings much of the excitement of her field to life as she describes her quest to understand the structure of the universe. B&w illus. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From The New Yorker - Randall, a professor of physics at Harvard, offers a tour of current questions in particle physics, string theory, and cosmology, paying particular attention to the thesis that more physical dimensions exist than are usually acknowledged. Writing for a general audience, Randall is patient and kind: she encourages readers to skip around in the text, corrals mathematical equations in an appendix at the back, and starts off each chapter with an allegorical story, in a manner recalling the work of George Gamow. Although the subject itself is intractably difficult to follow, the exuberance of Randall's narration is appealing. She's honest about the limits of the known, and almost revels in the uncertainties that underlie her work--including the possibility that some day it may all be proved wrong. Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
DIMENSIONS: A Casebook of Alien Contact by Jacques Vallee - Product Description - In DIMENSIONS, the first volume of a trilogy, Dr. Jacques Vallee reexamines the historical record that led to the modern UFO phenomenon and to the belief in alien contact. He then tackles the enigma of abduction reports, which come from various times and various countries, as well as the psychic and spiritual components of the contact experience. In the last portion of the book, he notes the factors that inhibit research into the phenomenon--the triple coverup and political motivations--and concludes that the extraterrestrial theory is simply not strange enough to explain the facts.
From the Publisher - This is the first volume in Dr. Vallee's Alien Contact Trilogy. Dr. Vallee has been widely recognized and honored as the premier investigating scientist in the realm of UFO research. He was the true-life model for the scientist played by Francois Truffant in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Vallee was also Steven Spielberg's chief technical advisor on the film. Trained in his native France as an astrophysicist , Dr. Vallee moved to the USA in 1962 and received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1967 from Northwestern University, where he was a close associate of the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
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Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness (Columbia Series in Science and Religion) by B. Alan Wallace - Editorial Reviews - "I recommend Hidden Dimensions to all interested in the most illusive of phenomena, human consciousness and its relationship with the rest of the universe." --Rob Harle, Metapsychology
"An ambitious book... timely and important reading for anyone interested in consciousness. " --Daniel S. Rizzuto, Journal of Consciousness Studies
"Uniquely authoritative book. I know of no other work on this subject with these attributes. " --Chris Clarke, Network Review
"Insightful... interesting and thought-provoking... Recommended." -- CHOICE
Review - "A concise, challenging, and likely controversial work that eloquently articulates both critical perspectives on and positive suggestions for the current study of consciousness." --William Waldron, Middlebury College
Product Description - Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, B. Alan Wallace introduces a natural theory of human consciousness that has its roots in contemporary physics and Buddhism. Wallace's "special theory of ontological relativity" suggests that mental phenomena are conditioned by the brain, but do not emerge from it. Rather, the entire natural world of mind and matter, subjects and objects, arises from a unitary dimension of reality that is more fundamental than these dualities, as proposed by Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung.
To test his hypothesis, Wallace employs the Buddhist meditative practice of samatha, refining one's attention and metacognition, to create a kind of telescope to examine the space of the mind. Drawing on the work of the physicist John Wheeler, he then proposes a more general theory in which the participatory nature of reality is envisioned as a self-excited circuit. In comparing these ideas to the Buddhist theory known as the Middle Way philosophy, Wallace explores further aspects of his "general theory of ontological relativity," which can be investigated by means of vipasyana, or insight, meditation. Wallace then focuses on the theme of symmetry in reference to quantum cosmology and the "problem of frozen time," relating these issues to the theory and practices of the Great Perfection school of Tibetan Buddhism. He concludes with a discussion of the general theme of complementarity as it relates to science and religion.
The theories of relativity and quantum mechanics were major achievements in the physical sciences, and the theory of evolution has had an equally deep impact on the life sciences. However, rigorous scientific methods do not yet exist to observe mental phenomena, and naturalism has its limits for shedding light on the workings of the mind. A pioneer of modern consciousness research, Wallace offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physicists and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism.
Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos by Michio Kaku - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Well-known physicist and author Kaku (Hyperspace) tells readers in this latest exploration of the far reaches of scientific speculation that another universe may be floating just a millimeter away on a "brane" (membrane) parallel to our own. We can't pop our heads in and have a look around because it exists in hyperspace, beyond our four dimensions. However, Kaku writes, scientists conjecture that branes--a creation of M theory, marketed as possibly the long-sought "theory of everything"--may eventually collide, annihilating each other. Such a collision may even have caused what we call the big bang. In his usual reader-friendly style, Kaku discusses the spooky objects conjured up from the equations of relativity and quantum physics: wormholes, black holes and the "white holes" on the other side; universes budding off from one another; and alternate quantum realities in which the 2004 elections turned out differently. As he delves into the past, present and possible future of this universe, Kaku will excite readers with his vision of realms that may exist just beyond the tip of our noses and, in what he admits is a highly speculative section, the possibilities our progeny may enjoy countless millennia from now; for instance, as this universe dies (in a "big freeze"), humans may be able to escape into other universes. B&w illus. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Scientific American - In the end, as our universe is dying, will civilization be able to move to another universe? Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, thinks the possibility of such a transition appears in "the emerging theory of the multiverse--a world made up of multiple universes, of which ours is but one." Our universe is now expanding. "If this antigravity force continues, the universe will ultimately die in a big freeze." That is a law of physics. "But it is also a law of evolution that when the environment changes, life must either leave, adapt, or die." Moving to another universe is one possibility cited by Kaku. Another is that civilization could build a "time warp" and travel back into its own past, to an era before the big freeze. A third is that "an entire civilization may inject its seed through a dimensional gateway and reestablish itself, in its full glory." Kaku is good at explaining the cosmological ideas--among them string theory, inflation, wormholes, space and time warps, and higher dimensions--that underpin his argument. --Editors of Scientific American --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension by Rudolf Rucker - Product Description - Exposition of fourth dimension, concepts of relativity as Flatland characters continue adventures. Popular, easily followed yet accurate, profound. Topics include curved space time as a higher dimension, special relativity and shape of space-time. Accessible to layman but also of interest to specialist. 141 illustrations.
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dover Thrift Editions) by Edwin A. Abbott - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - Unless you're a mathematician, the chances of you reading any novels about geometry are probably slender. But if you read only two in your life, these are the ones. Taken together, they form a couple of accessible and charming explanations of geometry and physics for the curious non-mathematician. Flatland, which is also available under separate cover, was published in 1880 and imagines a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric shapes who think their planar world is all there is. But one Flatlander, a Square, discovers the existence of a third dimension and the limits of his world's assumptions about reality and comes to understand the confusing problem of higher dimensions. The book is also quite a funny satire on society and class distinctions of Victorian England. The further mathematical fantasy, Sphereland, published 60 years later, revisits the world of Flatland in time to explore the mind-bending theories created by Albert Einstein, whose work so completely altered the scientific understanding of space, time, and matter. Among Einstein's many challenges to common sense were the ideas of curved space, an expanding universe and the fact that light does not travel in a straight line. Without use of the mathematical formulae that bar most non-scientists from an understanding of Einstein's theories, Sphereland gives lay readers ways to start comprehending these confusing but fundamental questions of our reality. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Review - "The best introduction one can find into the manner of perceiving dimensions." --Isaac Asimov in the Foreword --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly - Assuring readers that "finding the hidden dimensions in yourself is the only way to fulfill your deepest hunger," bestselling author Chopra shares 15 spiritual secrets for enlightenment. These secrets may sound easyč"the world is in you," "what you seek, you already are," "freedom tames the mind"čbut Chopra offers sophisticated thought to challenge a reader's spiritual status quo. Blending science and spirituality, he shows how the mystery of life can be illustrated by the wisdom and workings of one's body, as "every secret in this book goes back to the existence of an invisible intelligence that operates beneath the visible surface of life." The most important secret is transcending one's egocentric viewpoint and accepting a single, unified reality: "you are not in the world; the world is in you." Each well-written chapter offers a vibrant discussion of these distilled principles, including exercises to help readers apply these secrets to their lives. For example, Chopra focuses a chapter on how death makes life possible: "Only by facing death can you develop real passion for being alive." Chopra recasts death as a way to "imagine yourself into a new form with a new location in space and time." To do this, he suggests exfoliating one's self-image by imagining oneself at various stages of life, past and future: "When you see every earthly vestige of yourself vanish," he concludes, "you realize you will never succeed in extinguishing yourself." This isn't easy enlightenment. Chopra pushes his readers to do hard spiritual work in this thoughtful and thought-provoking book. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - There is an ill-concealed skeleton in the closet of physics: "As they are currently formulated, general relativity and quantum mechanics cannot both be right." Each is exceedingly accurate in its field: general relativity explains the behavior of the universe at large scales, while quantum mechanics describes the behavior of subatomic particles. Yet the theories collide horribly under extreme conditions such as black holes or times close to the big bang. Brian Greene, a specialist in quantum field theory, believes that the two pillars of physics can be reconciled in superstring theory, a theory of everything.
Superstring theory has been called "a part of 21st-century physics that fell by chance into the 20th century." In other words, it isn't all worked out yet. Despite the uncertainties--"string theorists work to find approximate solutions to approximate equations"--Greene gives a tour of string theory solid enough to satisfy the scientifically literate.
Though Ed Witten of the Institute for Advanced Study is in many ways the human hero of The Elegant Universe, it is not a human-side-of-physics story. Greene's focus throughout is the science, and he gives the nonspecialist at least an illusion of understanding--or the sense of knowing what it is that you don't know. And that is traditionally the first step on the road to knowledge. --Mary Ellen Curtin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly - One of the more compelling scientific (cum-theological) questions in the Middle Ages was: "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" Today's version in cutting-edge science is, "How many strings... ?" As posited by s tring theory physics, strings are furiously vibrating loops of stuff. The concept of strings was devised to help scientists describe simultaneously both energy and matter. The frequency and resonance of strings' vibration, just like those of strings on an instrument, determine charge, spin and other familiar properties of energy?and eventually the structure of the universe: a true music of the spheres. There's a chance that strings are themselves made up of something still smaller. But scientists can prove their existence only on the blackboard and computer, because they are much too tiny?a hundred billion billion times smaller than the nucleus of an atom?to be observed experimentally. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Cornell and Columbia universities, makes the terribly complex theory of strings accessible to all. He possesses a remarkable gift for using the everyday to illustrate what may be going on in dimensions beyond our feeble human perception. Just when we might be tempted to dismiss strings as grist for the publish-or-perish mill, Greene explains how they have demonstrated connections between mathematics and physics that have helped solve age-old conundrums in each field. This book will appeal to astronomy as well as math and physics fans because it probes the important insights string theory gives into hotly debated issues in cosmology. Later chapters require careful attention to Greene's explications, but the effort will prepare readers to follow the scientific advances likely to be made in the next millennium through application of string theory. Author tour. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by Michio Kaku - Editorial Reviews -Amazon.com Review - How many dimensions do you live in? Three? Maybe that's all your commonsense sense perception perceives, but there is growing and compelling evidence to suggest that we actually live in a universe of ten real dimensions. Kaku has written an extraordinarily lucid and thought-provoking exploration of the theoretical and empirical bases of a ten-dimensional universe and even goes so far as to discuss possible practical implications--such as being able to escape the collapse of the universe. Yikes. Highly Recommended. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly - Since ingesting Einstein's relativity theory 50 years ago, physics fell down a quantum rabbit hole and, ever since, physicists' reports to the world of popular science have been curiouser and curiouser. This version, from the author of the graduate text Quantum Field Theory , is very curious as he delineates the "delicious contradictions" of the quantum revolution: that the new paradigms of subatomic matter require the existence of "hyperspace," an ultimate universe of many dimensions, to accomodate their mostly mathematical behaviors. Unified field theory as it is currently understood does not preclude any of the hypotheses that Kaku invites to this Mad Hatter's Theory Party: superstrings, parallel universes and, his centerpiece, time travel. Although occasionally facile, Kaku remains on solid theoretical ground up to the point of his untestable hypotheses, which lead to his more abstract arguments. In the past decade particle physics has lurched to astonishing contradictions and Kaku's adventurous, tantalizing book should not be penalized for promising more than present technology can test. His intellectual perceptions will thrill lay readers, SF fans and the physics-literate. Illustrations. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension by Joy Hakim - Product Description - Sometimes it can seem like science just comes fully formed--a textbook can tell us the Milky Way is a galaxy, the Sun is 93 million miles away, or gravity bends light. But such a book often leaves out some of the most interesting stuff about that hard-won knowledge: how anyone ever figured it out, and even why anyone was wondering about it to begin with.
It turns out that those stories--the stories of the how and the why--are some of the most interesting in all of history. Those stories are full of adventure and bravery, boldness and luck, and the discoverers are often those willing to stand up and call false what everyone else believes to be true. At the end of the nineteenth century, for example, Lord Kelvin, one of the time's preeminent physicists--and the sort of guy who everyone else listens to, just because--declared that all that was left to do in physics was to make more and more precise measurements of the world. Within a couple decades of Kelvin's pronouncement, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and others would show just how wrong he was.
Joy Hakim's The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension culminates with their discoveries: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and the atomic bomb, and opened our eyes to the expanding Universe, the Big Bang, and much more.
A science book unlike any other, Einstein Adds a New Dimension pairs a gripping narrative style with informative sidebars; hundreds of charts, maps, and diagrams; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.
Understanding Three Dimensions by Jonathan Block and Jerry Leisure - Editorial Reviews - From the Publisher - Establishes a formal vocabulary for dealing in space for introduction design students.
From the Back Cover - Jonathan Block and Jerry Leisure designed this introduction to three-dimensional design to help the beginning student develop an understanding of the interaction of form.
Among its key features, the book:
* offers easy-to-understand material in short flexible modules
* discusses form in terms of elements, attributes, and organization to establish a systematic approach to the complexities of three-dimensional design
* presents guidelines for creative problem solving
* provides a structured method for critique in both formal and conceptual terms
* clarifies difficult concepts with line illustrations
* includes over 100 illustrations of contemporary sculpture in many styles and media
The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of the Higher Universes by Rudolf Rucker and David Povilaitis - Product Description - A detailed description of what the fourth dimension would be like.
About the Author - David Povilaitis began his art and design career in Chicago, and has been a graphic artist and photographer for 35 years. His conceptual art has been used regularly in publications all over the world to visually illuminate editorial and educational articles and books. Distilling authors' intensions and creating art that engages the readers' wit and intelligence is an enjoyable challenge for him.
Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (born March 22, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American computer scientist and science fiction author, and is one of the founders of the cyberpunk literary movement. The author of both fiction and non-fiction, he is best known for the novels in the Ware Tetralogy, the first two of which (Software and Wetware) both won Philip K. Dick Awards. At present he edits the science fiction webzine Flurb
The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri - Editorial Review - Possesses a depth and completeness that I find missing in the existing enneagram literature. -- A. H. Almaas, author of Essence and Facets of Unity
Product Description - A groundbreaking exploration of the spiritual dimension of working with the enneagram by one of its earliest students and teachers in America.
Here is one of the first books to explore in an authentic and comprehensive way the original spiritual dimension of the enneagram. Among the most knowledgeable teachers of the enneagram in America, Sandra Maitri shows how the enneagram not only reveals our personalities, but illuminates a basic essence within each of us. She shows how traversing the inner territory particular to our ennea-type can bring us profound fulfillment and meaning, as well as authentic spiritual development.
Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Rel... by Tony Robbin - Product Description - In this insightful book, which is a revisionist math history as well as a revisionist art history, Tony Robbin, well known for his innovative computer visualizations of hyperspace, investigates different models of the fourth dimension and how these are applied in art and physics. Robbin explores the distinction between the slicing, or Flatland, model and the projection, or shadow, model. He compares the history of these two models and their uses and misuses in popular discussions. Robbin breaks new ground with his original argument that Picasso used the projection model to invent cubism, and that Minkowski had four-dimensional projective geometry in mind when he structured special relativity. The discussion is brought to the present with an exposition of the projection model in the most creative ideas about space in contemporary mathematics such as twisters, quasicrystals, and quantum topology. Robbin clarifies these esoteric concepts with understandable drawings and diagrams.
Robbin proposes that the powerful role of projective geometry in the development of current mathematical ideas has been long overlooked and that our attachment to the slicing model is essentially a conceptual block that hinders progress in understanding contemporary models of spacetime. He offers a fascinating review of how projective ideas are the source of some of today's most exciting developments in art, math, physics, and computer visualization.
Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time by Robin Le Poidevin - Editorial Reviews - a lucid philosophical primer on space and time ...unquestionably mind-expanding stuff --The Guardian
Product Description - Does time really flow, or is that simply an illusion? Did time have a beginning? What does it mean to say that time has a direction? Does space have boundaries, or is it infinite? Are our space and time unique, or could there be other, parallel worlds with their own space and time? Do space and time really exist, or are they simply the constructions of our minds? Robin Le Poidevin provides a clear, witty, and stimulating introduction to these deep questions, and many other mind-boggling puzzles and paradoxes. He gives a vivid sense of the difficulties raised by our ordinary ideas about space and time, but he also gives us the basis to think about these problems independently, avoiding large amounts of jargon and technicality. No prior knowledge of philosophy is required to enjoy this book. The universe might seem very different after reading it.
About the Author - Robin Le Poidevin is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Questions of Time and Tense and coauthor of The Philosophy of Time.
Beyond the Third Dimension: Geometry, Computer Graphics, and Higher Dimensions (Scientific American Library Series) by Thomas F. Banchoff - Product Description - This work investigates ways of picturing and understanding dimensions below and above our own. What would a two-dimensional universe be like? How can we even attempt to picture objects of four, five or six dimensions? Such are the questions examined in this text.
The Dimensions of Paradise: Sacred Geometry, Ancient Science, and the Heavenly Order on Earth by John Michell - Editorial Reviews - "John Michell's The Dimensions of Paradise is inarguably among the most important Gnostic transmissions of recent generations. With his candid, uncomplicated style, John has made widely available the visions, the laws, and the numbers held within pure geometry and which integrate earth and sky, movement and form, cosmos and mankind." --Robert Lawlor, author of Sacred Geometry: Its Philosophy and Practice and Voices of the First Day
"John Michell has produced one of the primary texts for understanding the number system that encoded the prehistoric world view. He reveals how sacred geometry, myth, gematria, and the structure of numbers created a big picture lost soon after Plato, a knowledge replaced by derivative religious and materialistic ideas. The Dimensions of Paradise is an essential key to comprehending monuments such as the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, but it also provides an initiatory journey into the ancient mind itself." --Richard Heath, author of Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization
Product Description - An in-depth look at the role of number as a bridge between Heaven and Earth
* Reveals the numerical code by which the ancients maintained high standards of art and culture
* Sets out the alchemical formulas for the fusion of elements and the numerical origins of various sacred names and numbers
* Describes the rediscovery of knowledge associated with the Holy Grail, through which the influence of the Heavenly Order is made active on Earth
The priests of ancient Egypt preserved a geometrical canon, a numerical code of harmonies and proportions, that they applied to music, art, statecraft, and all the institutions of their civilization. Plato, an initiate in the Egyptian mysteries, said it was the instrument by which the ancients maintained high, principled standards of civilization and culture over thousands of years.
In The Dimensions of Paradise, John Michell describes the results of a lifetime's research, demonstrating how the same numerical code underlies sacred structures from ancient times to the Christian era. In the measurements of Stonehenge, the foundation plan of Glastonbury, Plato's ideal city, and the Heavenly City of the New Jerusalem described in the vision of Saint John lie the science and cosmology on which the ancient world order was founded. The central revelation of this book is a structure of geometry and number representing the essential order of the heavens and functioning as a map of paradise
The Visual Guide to Extra Dimensions: Volume 1: Visualizing the Fourth Dimension, Higher-Dimensional Polytopes, and Curved Hypersurfaces by Chris McMullen - Product Description - Watch a tesseract unfold. See how the 3D cross section of a hypercube changes as the hypercube rotates. View 4D wheels with axles with a spherinder or cubinder structure. Imagine climbing a 4D staircase. Find 10 out of 120 dodecahedra of a hecatonicosachoron highlighted... all on this visual tour of the fourth dimension. The book is much more visual and conceptual than algebraic, yet it is detailed and technical, with the intention of satisfying the needs of mathematically-minded readers familiar with the fundamentals of algebra, geometry, and graphing.
The 9 Dimensions of the Soul: Essence and the Enneagram by David Hey - Editorial Review - The Nine Dimensions of the Soul is written in a beautifully simple, insightful and heartful way and transmits complex material in a way that is easy to read and understand. Also, it is a welcome addition to the literature on the enneagram by integrating the 'Essence Work' of A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam with the traditional understanding of the nine aspects of the enneagram. --Thomas O. Trobe, MD Psychiatrist and Founder and Director of Learning Love Seminars, Inc.
Product Description - Many people are familiar with the Enneagram, a description of personality types. Many are increasingly familiar with Essence, meaning qualities of being, a rapidly developing field in modern psychology. The 9 Dimensions of Soul is the first book to relate the two, understanding the personality types of the Enneagram in relation to the Essence.
The Fourth Dimension : Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, and Mathematics by Rudolf Steiner and David Booth - Product Description - "Anything dead tends to remain within the three ordinary dimensions, while anything living constantly transcends them" (Rudolf Steiner).
The point, line, plane and solid objects represent the first three dimensions, but a kind of reversal of space is involved in the ascent to a fourth dimension. Steiner leads us to the brink of this new perspectivečas nearly as it can be done with words, diagrams, analogies, and examples of many kinds. In doing so, he continues his life-long project of demonstrating that our objective, everyday thinking is the lowest rung of a ladder that reaches up to literally infinite heights.
The talks in this series and the selections from the question-and-answer sessions on many mathematical topics over the years are translated into English for the first time in The Fourth Dimension. They bring us to tantalizing new horizons of awareness where Steiner hoped to lead his listeners:
"Part of the charm of the fourth dimension is that it is a geometrical concept that interests popular culture as much as it does mathematicians. In both its popular and scientific applications, the fourth dimension has had both gnostic and agnostic exponents" (from the Introduction).
The Ultimate Dimension by Thich Nhat Hanh (Audio Cassette) - Audiobook - Product Description - Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, presents an advanced new audio learning retreat with this complete series of Dharma talks on two of Buddhism's most beloved texts, the Lotus Sutra and the Avatamsaka Sutra. Here, he discusses: "interbeing" and the transcendence of self, the practice of non-practice, overcoming the fear of death, mindfulness as the key to nirvana, and more.
Book Description - Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, presents an advanced new audio learning retreat with this complete series of Dharma talks on two of Buddhisms most beloved texts, the Lotus Sutra and the Avatamsaka Sutra. Here, he discusses: interbeing and the transcendence of self, the practice of non-practice, overcoming the fear of death, mindfulness as the key to nirvana, and more.
Sacred Dimensions of Time & Space (Perspectives on Time, Space & Knowledge) by Tarthang Tlku - Product Description - Systems of belief are the tracks that knowledge leaves behind. Questioning and open inquiry offer far more - Tarthang Tulku
Measuring the Cosmos: How Scientists Discovered the Dimensions of the Universe by David H. Clark and Matthew D. H. Clark - Product Description - Humans have always viewed the heavens with wonder and awe. The skies have inspired reflection on the vastness of space, the wonder of creation, and humankind's role in the universe. In just over one hundred years, science has moved from almost total ignorance about the actual distances to the stars and Earth's place in the Galaxy to our present knowledge about the enormous size, mass, and age of the universe. We are reaching the limits of observation, and therefore the limits of human understanding. Beyond lies only our imagination, seeded by the theories of physics.
In Measuring the Cosmos, science writers David and Matthew Clark tell the stories of both the well-known and the unsung heroes who played key roles in these discoveries. These true accounts reveal ambitions, conflicts, failures, as well as successes, as the astonishing scale and age of the universe were finally established. Few areas of scientific research have witnessed such drama in the form of ego clashes, priority claims, or failed (or even falsified) theories as that resulting from attempts to measure the universe.
Besides giving credit where long overdue, Measuring the Cosmos explains the science behind these achievements in accessible language sure to appeal to astronomers, science buffs, and historians.
Journey to the 5th Dimension by Jackie Haverty (Audio CD - Feb 2004) - Product Description - This powerful sixty minute guided meditation was created to guide the listener beyond the limits of one's body and ego consciousness to the higher levels of the 5th dimension. The music is a spontaneous, celestial composition by Paul Armitage, and when combined with the soothing, transformative words of Jackie Haverty, weaves a tapestry of transcendence where words and music become One. The words were created from visions received by Jackie while in deep meditation. The beautiful artwork used for the labels and inserts was also spontaneously composed by Diane Parks. All three beings involved in the making of this CD have added their own unique vibrations. Through intent, the body, mind and spirit absorb and integrate the highest vibrations of the platinum/violet light of Cosmic Consciousness. This awakens the DNA and transforms all negativity into the higher vibrations of pure unconditional love, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. It provides a truly remarkable experience with a shift in consciousness that occurs on all levels and prepares the body, mind and spirit for ascension into the 5th dimension.
Your Journey to the 5th dimension begins with a deep, progressive relaxation during which you absorb the bright golden light of your Higher Consciousness into every cell of your being. Continue your journey inward to the higher vibrations of the Crystal Palace where you enter the room of Integration and Transformation. In this magnificent room with no walls, you find yourself laying upon a warm and loving crystaline structure where every cell of your body absorbs and integrates the most powerful vibrations of luminescent platinum/violet light that falls softly upon you from a golden, geodesic dome above you. Subsequently, your interdimensional DNA talks to your biological DNA awakening and transforming all the strands within your biology. In addition, the crystal structure beneath you absorbs all negative thought, word, action and feeling ever expressed, in any time frame or dimension, from the totality of your being. These negative vibrations are then transformed and transmuted into the higher vibrations of unconditional love, compassion, understanding and forgiveness. The higher vibrations are then reflected back into your being through the crystaline structure beneath you.
You are also given the opportunity to heal your ancestoral lineage. Through the expansion of the iridescent pink light within your heart center, you are able to project and surround your ancestors, gifting them with the pure essence of unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness. These gifts are then returned to you from your ancestors, which allows all familial patterns and dramas in past, present and future time periods to completely shift and disintegrate. Next, acknowledge and internalize the most powerful, life honoring affirmations before slowly returning to the here and now with absolute knowledge of the profound shift that has occurred deep within.
Volume one of this series, "Journey to the Crystal Palace" (ISBN 1895814251) was released in mid-2002 and is already had three reprintings. Its acceptance by listeners/users made it a critical success and prompted this second CD.
Exploring Dimensions of Consciousness by Manly P. Hall - Editorial Reviews - From the Publisher - The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society's program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern.
About the Author - Manly P. Hall was the founder of the Philosophical Research Society. In over seventy-five years of dynamic public activity, he delivered more than 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, and authored countless books, essays, and articles. In his lectures and writings, Manly Hall always emphasized the practical aspects of philosophy and religion as they applied to daily living. He restated for modern man those spiritual and ethical doctrines which have given humanity its noblest ideals and most adequate codes of conduct. Believing that philosophy is a working tool to help the individual in building a solid foundation for his dreams and purposes, Manly Hall steadfastly sought recognition of the belief that world civilization can be perfected only when human beings meet on a common ground of intelligence, cooperation, and worthy purpose.
Enlightened Consciousness: Entering New Dimensions of Spiritual Awareness by Griff O'Brien - Product Description - For all those who yearn to experience new depths of spiritual reality, Enlightened Consciousness provides a guided path that originates from within and surges forth with new insight, power and revelation. Expanding beyond the limits of intellectual understanding, you can connect with the eternal truth that is present in your own spirit. There is no need to look outward, for the light of Infinite Consciousness waits patiently in the depths of your soul to bring you into new dimensions of spiritual awareness. The meditation and insights in this book will assist you in releasing this internal light, bringing discovery that all you seek you already have.
The Inner Dimension: Philosophy and the Experience of Consciousness (Revisioning Philosophy) by Jonathan Shear - Editorial Reviews - "Fascinating, beautifully written, and makes a very strong case. A real contribution...Bravo!" -- John Immerwahr, Philosophy, Villanova University
"Highly readable, great originality and force. I was taken by the book's breadth and depth of scholarship. Professor Shear's treatment of Plato is particularly insightful and effective; his analyses of ethical issues are often even brilliant. Incorporating philosophers' descriptions of experiences of inner awareness into the discussion of philosophical theory makes this study especially alive and stimulating. -- John H. Flodstrom, Chair, Philosophy, University of Louisville
"The analysis of physics, mathematics, consciousness, and empirical knowledge is original and extremely clear...rigorous, and provocative" -- Kenneth Eppley, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Product Description - The Inner Dimension examines the philosophical significance of a family of experiences central to Eastern philosophical and meditation traditions, described by creative geniuses in the West from Plato to Einstein, and reported in contemporary research on Eastern meditation procedures. It explores the significance of these experiences for a wide range of philosophical issues (self, knowledge, mind-and-matter, values and human potential) as articulated by Western philosophers such as Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Mill, and Wittgenstein. Attention is given to contemporary examples of these experiences as generated by the techniques of Transcendental Meditation and Zen and categorized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Transcending the Speed of Light: Consciousness, Quantum Physics, and the Fifth Dimension by Marc Seifer and Stanley Krippner - Editorial Reviews - "Marc Seifer has made the difficult easy to understand as he covers such broad topics as cosmological coincidences, new theories on gravity, and higher states of consciousness. This book generates fresh ideas on the link between thoughts, the physical universe, and the speed of light. Transcending the Speed of Light is a bold new adventure into the exciting world of consciousness exploration." --Uri Geller, paranormalist
"I highly recommend this book to any and all readers who are seriously interested in the puzzling problem of the nature of mind and consciousness. I most enthusiastically endorse Marc's work." --Col. Tom Bearden (retired), author of Excalibur Briefing
"How is it possible for consciousness to exist in the physical universe? This is the classic mind-body problem that has eluded philosophers for many generations. Now it appears that answers are within reach. The depth of Marc Seifer's scholarship and the clarity of his thinking make this book a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the frontiers of consciousness research." --Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., Dean of Consciousness Studies Research, University of Philosophical Research
A study of the new scientific understanding of consciousness and the mind as a fifth dimension of reality
* Introduces the existence of a fifth dimension--one of mind--an inner- or hyperspace where time is transcended
* Shows how the barrier of the speed of light is actually a gateway demarking the fifth dimension
Since the introduction of Descartes' dualism in the seventeenth century, the mind and the physical world have been viewed as disconnected entities. Yet qualities of mind such as awareness, purposeful action, organization, design, and even decision-making are present within the structure of matter and within the dimensions of space and time.
The space-time continuum of scientists generally ignores the realm of the mind, though phenomena such as imaginary numbers, used by Einstein to combine space with time, are concepts that only exist in the mind. Marc Seifer contends that the inadequacy of four-dimensional models to account for our experience of mental phenomena points to the consciousness of the mind as a higher organizing principle, a fifth dimension where thoughts are as real and quantifiable as our familiar physical world. He shows that because thought enables us to move backward and forward through time--reflecting on the past and making plans for the future--this fifth dimension of mind breaks the laws of relativity, thereby transcending the speed of light. His extensive study of this fifth dimension ranges from relativity and ether theory to precognition, telepathy, and synchronicity, all from the perspective of the conscious universe.
Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum (Author), Fred Kuttner - Product Description - In trying to understand the atom, physicists built quantum mechanics and found, to their embarrassment, that their theory intimately connects consciousness with the physical world. Quantum Enigma explores what that implies and why some founders of the theory became the foremost objectors to it. Authors Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner explain all of this in non-technical terms with help from some fanciful stories and anecdotes about the theory's developers. They present the quantum mystery honestly, with an emphasis on what is and what is not speculation. Quantum Enigma's description of the experimental quantum facts, and the quantum theory explaining them, is undisputed. Interpreting what it all means, however, is controversial. Every interpretation of quantum physics encounters consciousness. Rosenblum and Kuttner therefore turn to exploring consciousness itself--and encounter quantum physics. Free will and anthropic principles become crucial issues, and the connection of consciousness with the cosmos suggested by some leading quantum cosmologists is mind-blowing. Readers are brought to a boundary where the particular expertise of physicists is no longer a sure guide. They will find, instead, the facts and hints provided by quantum mechanics and the ability to speculate for themselves.
"A remarkable and readable presentation of the basic mysteries of science, our universe, and human life. Critically important problems in our understanding are interestingly discussed with perception, depth, and careful objectivity." --Charles Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
"Lively and thought-provoking." --The Washington Times
"This book is unique. The clearest expositions I have ever seen." --George Greenstein, Professor of Astronomy, Amherst College
"An immensely important and exciting book." --Raymond Chester Russ, editor of Journal of Mind and Behavior
"Exposes the hidden skeleton in the physicist's closet." --Nick Herbert, author of Quantum Reality
Consciousness In Four Dimensions: Biological Relativity and the Origins of Thought by Richard M., Ph.D. Pico - Product Description - In Consciousness in Four Dimensions, neuropsychiatrist Richard Pico puts forth a bold new hypothesis for the origins of human consciousness. Drawing on twenty years of his own experimental and clinical work, as well as his training in physics, Pico proposes that the origins of thought can be pinpointed in the brain within the context of a theory of biological relativity. The theory is first illustrated with the emergence of life, whereby the first cell cohered and endured against the background flux of organic compounds, becoming its own four-dimensional frame of reference. The same model is applied to consciousness, which emerges in the prefrontal cortex when sensory information converges with input from the memory system in a series of modules. Thought exists above a flicker-fusion threshold, when the information that is passed from module to module is seen to endure in its own four-dimensional frame of reference, without degradation and without reference to the external three-dimensional environment. From this exquisitely complex iterative process, Pico proposes that all higher order human functions are built, from language to mathematics to music. This biological relativity model of consciousness is strongly materialistic, which places it in the company of the work of such thinkers as Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett, and Antonio Damasio. Yet it is also completely original. Several theorizers, such as Fred Alan Wolf and Roger Penrose have proposed quantum theories of consciousness, but Pico is the only person applying relativity to the brain. With meticulous precision and admirable compassion, Pico places his theory in the context of other theories of consciousness, and explores its implications. He discusses why he thinks consciousness is uniquely human, how it can be seen to arise in individuals at about the age of two, and what it means when its development goes awry in the devastating "thought disorders" with which he has had so much experience as a clinician.
From the Back Cover - A bold and brilliant new theory of the origins and nature of the human mind - In a book that will profoundly alter the modern discourse on mind and influence the practice of neuromedicine, neuroscientist/psychiatrist Richard M. Pico unveils a revolutionary new approach to understanding consciousness that pinpoints the origins of consciousness in the human brain. Pico seamlessly weds the laws of physics--especially Einstein's laws of relativity--to the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, molecular biology, and computational theory to create a coherent, four-dimensional model of the origins of life and the emergence of complex biological systems, from the first protocell, to the thinking brain. Along the way, he offers insights into the uniquely human capacity to use language, make music, and formulate complex mathematical descriptions of the natural world, while challenging some of our most cherished illusions, including those of free will and self-control.
In a work of profound insight and erudition, an intellectual feast and a mind-bending excursion to the outer limits of the knowable, Consciousness in Four Dimensions tells a riveting story that begins in Earth's imponderably distant past, when a primordial protocell endured long enough to become an independent, living frame of reference. Extrapolating from Einstein's theories, Dr. Pico explains that it was with this singular event, that evolution--the eternal struggle between entropy and order--gave rise to the first four-dimensional biological reference system, remote from the ebb and flow of the inorganic world around it. Pico describes how this event was the first step in the slow march of evolution which, over vast stretches of time, led to the appearance of neurons, brains, and the emergence of nature's most complex reference system--consciousness.
Drawing upon 20 years of experimental and clinical work, Dr. Pico takes us deep inside the lush ecosystem of the human body and nervous system to provide a fascinating glimpse of the dizzingly complex dance of organic processes out of which consciousness emerges. He lays bare the intricate neurological structures and processes that give rise to sensation, perception, emotion, and thought, and, in the process, he challenges some of our most cherished beliefs about free will, self-control, and the eternal "I." Pico further elaborates his theory through discussions of the origins of language, music, and mathematics. And he explores the causes and potential treatments for a variety of thought disorders.
With unflagging scientific precision Richard Pico clears the field of fashionable metaphysical explanations of consciousness to offer the most persuasive argument thus far for consciousness as an emergent property of quantifiable biophysical processes. Yet, by the conclusion of Consciousness in Four Dimensions what emerges is not a cold deconstruction of humankind and its limitations, but a staunchly humanistic vision of life and an impassioned defense of individualism and human freedom and dignity.
Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Decoding the Vertical Axis, Crop Circles, and the Mayan Calendar by Barbara Hand Clow and Gerry Clow - Product Description - The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling The Pleiadian Agenda
In 1995, a Pleiadian goddess named Satya told her amazing tale of the nine dimensions of human consciousness in The Pleiadian Agenda. In this exciting sequel, Barbara Hand Clow takes these teachings to a practical level so that we can all discover multidimensionality in our daily lives.
Based on more than ten years of experience with students, and years of research into the new sciences that validate the breakthrough concepts in The Pleiadian Agenda, Clow presents each dimension in detail. Alchemy of Nine Dimensions:
*reveals how the Pleiadians described the nine dimensions
*sharpens our understanding with scientific and historical explanations
*offers a startling interpretation of crop circles
*helps you contact and work with beings in many dimensions, and
*provides meditations on how to ground these nine dimensions of awareness energetically into our bodies
Finally, Clow reveals the true significance of the date December 21, 2012čthe end of the Mayan calendarčand tells you what you need to know to begin physical and spiritual preparation.
The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life (Chopra, Deepak) by Deepak Chopra - Product Description - Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.
We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well. We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning. The Book of Secrets--a crystalline distillation of insights and wisdom accumulated over the lifetime of one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time--provides an exquisite new tool for achieving just that.
Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counterintuitive, they are often hidden from view, sequestered from our everyday gaze. In his ongoing quest to elevate our experience, bestselling author Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book--and of our lives. From "The World Is in You" and "What You Seek, You Already Are" to "Evil Is Not Your Enemy" and "You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person," The Book of Secrets is rich with insights, a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation, and from there to a sacred place where we can savor the nectar of enlightenment.
"The Book of Secrets is the finest and most profound of Deepak Chopra's books to date. Want the answers to the secrets of life? Let me recommend that you start right here." -- Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything
Tracing the Way: Spiritual Dimensions of the World Religions by Hans Kung and John Bowden - Product Description - "Tracing the Way: is the product of a lifetime of experience. In researching and compiling this book Hans Kung has travelled to every corner of the globe in search of God in his many guises. Kung casts an analytical eye over the major world religions and offers a view of the present and what that means when measured against the past. Kung surveys, as succinctly as possible, the historical stages of each world religion and analyses their major paradigms and paradigm shifts. For the present can be understood only in the light of constellations from the past which have persisted side by side with each other. "Tracing the Way" attempts to understand the religions, in both text and pictures, as objectively as possible and discusses the social, political and historical contexts of the many forms of belief that exist today.
The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice by Georg Feuerstein - Editorial Reviews - From Booklist
Feuerstein is a respected scholar as well as a longtime yoga practioner and author of numerous books on the topic. His latest is a comprehensive guide to the history and current practices of yoga. Feuerstein has an incredible breadth of knowledge on the subject of yoga, and he masterfully synthesizes material from both well-known and esoteric yogic texts in explaining numerous paths of yoga. Ultimately, his thoughtful reflections on various yogic and Buddhist practices help the reader understand the spiritual context of yoga practice and its relevance to twenty-first-century life. --Jane Tuma - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Review - "George Feuerstein ably demonstrates the depth and profundity of Yoga as a spiritual discipline." --Spirituality & Health "His writing is lucid and accessible, without sacrificing any of the scholarly substance earned through three decades of intensive study, practice, research, and writing." --Yoga Journal
Biology: Dimensions of Life by Joelle Presson and Janann Jenner - Product Description - Employs The Guided Learning System to integrate applications and issues.
Presson/Jenner: Biology: Dimensions of Life, 1e is a one-semester biology text with an engaging, conversational style which encourages basic understanding of biology, issues, and applications leading students to a greater awareness of how they interact with the world around them. The goal of this text is to help students understand how biology relates to their lives and why they should develop a desire to obtain knowledge about science and biological issues.
Your students will especially benefit from Biology: Dimensions of Lifes new The Guided Learning System. This innovative set of key features is designed to help your students understand the many new biological concepts and applications within each chapter. A few highlights of the Guided Learning System include:. . An Added Dimension and An Added Dimension Explained. What Do You Think?. Now You Can Understand. Quantitative Query Questions in the end of chapter material. . A Running Glossary. .
About the Author - Joelle Presson is currently Instructor and Associate Director Undergraduate Programs, teaching non-major's freshman biology at College of Life Sciences, University of Maryland.
Jan Jenner has taught majors biology for approximately 20 years at New York University and Talladega College (AL). For the last seven years she has been a full-time writer.