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Thematic Essay | Einstein and the Harmony of Life

Another Time, Another Space

By Daniel Cameron
November 29, 2008
Beyond the dual reality of human perception, there is a dimension of space and time that is uncertain and beyond the grasp of human thought. 
Balancing Act
Balancing Act -Pauli Gallië

In Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Euclid was a Greek mathematician who studied philosophy, optics, music, and established a meticulous geometrical algebraic model of three dimensional space, in a mathematical and geometric treatise called ElementsA point is that which has no partThings which equal the same thing also equal one another

For example, he said that if you draw a straight line extending to perpetuity, and draw a point next to it, there could be only one line going through it parallel to the first line, which would also stay parallel to perpetuity.


Einstein said a three dimensional space without time was counter-intuitive, and a four dimensional space-time that could not be defined the measurement of point to point space, and in its essence had no beginning and no end.

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in 1905

In his book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), Isaac Newton described the Universe as a three-dimensional clockwork governed by the laws of gravitation and motion, the parts of which fitted together with such proportion and continuity that nothing could be added, subtracted, or altered, but for the worse.

For Einstein, however, the geometrical point of reference of time was as a coordinate in a four dimensional space-time, because time is not the expression of the movement of celestial objects or the measurement of divisions between past and future or the working of a perfect machine, but another dimension of space. And since you cannot have space without time, he integrated them in a single, four dimensional, mathematical continuum, in which the time coordinate of one coordinate system depended on both the space and time coordinates of another relatively moving system.

Relativity, 1920)

The usefulness of separating time into past, present, and future, had its origins in the lives of our ancestors and the everyday earth experience of time moving from one point to another. Patterns of time based on the periodicity of nature, regular intervals, and the biological cycles of life, are woven into the visual and intellectual perceptions of reality that evolved over thousands of years, and are shaped and sustained by the language we use to describe them, which makes it difficult to imagine time without thinking of past, present, and future.

We take the measurement of time for granted, because it is interconnected with human survival, the ability to perceive image, color vector, motion, and the mechanics of instinct. It is difficult to imagine a world without being able to see it as it is happening. And yet, what we are seeing is an illusion of sorts.

When we see the sunrise, it is in seamless motion, color, and three dimensional detail, and it appears to be happening now. In fact, because of the distance of the sunrise from our eyes, and the finite speed of light, what we perceived to be in the present is in the past, and what we saw actually happened a short while ago. The small interval of time between when the sunrise happens and when the eyes perceive it, balances the distance from the sunrise to the eyes, so that the separation between sunrise and the eyes seems to be zero. This illusion is a fundamental underlying essence of human consciousness, which became a vital part of the mental structure of our ancestors, the patterns, shapes, colors, weaves, and textures, of symbol and art, that reflected the impenetrability of the beginnings of time and the dimensions of space that were beyond the grasp of language.

There is another time, another space, an ancient, spiritual dimension, that is beyond the description of language. In 500 BC, Lao Tzu said about the Tao (the path): Come to it and there is no beginning; follow it and there is no end. In spite of our inability to imagine it without thinking of past, present, and future, to perceive it in the now, or to speak of it coherently, space-time maintains its original clarity.

For our ancestors, it involved a shamanic experience that was beyond the restrictions of space and time. Time, Einstein said, is relative; it speeds up or slows down depending on how fast one thing is moving relative to something else.

As he built his model of the Universe, Einstein went on to combine three dimensional space to a fourth dimension of time to realize a four dimensional framework, where the gravitational pull of large objects in space such as the Earth or the Sun make a dent in space-time, and that black holes may create a loop in space-time, making time travel possible.

Einstein's colleague Kurt Gödel showed in 1949 that, according to the General Theory of Relativity, time travel could be possible if the framework of space-time was curved enough to create a loop. In another time, another place, the ancients described space-time as the dreamlike basis of reality, a vision that integrates a physical and spiritual consciousness that is sacred to the Universe.

In astrophysics, the use of gravitational lensing, which uses a massive foreground object that can bend and magnify the light of objects much further away, a phenomenon first predicted by Einstein, allows the probe of regions estimated to be thirteen billion light-years away and to look back in time to when the first stars were shining.

In stellar evolution it takes billions of years for a star to complete its life cycle. The Hubble telescope has found an object so distant its light set out when the universe was just seven hundred million years old.

According to Einstein, space-time curves back on itself, and it is possible to look back in time to when the first stars were shining. The nature of physical reality has a sense of timelessness, and the desire to codify and symbologize it involves poetry, mathematics, geometry, natural patterns, ornament, art, music, dance, and the fundamental nature of existence.

The organic mineral and chemical substances found in Wild-2 comet dust that dates from the formation of the solar system, suggests that the solar system and the creation of matter and energy all came from a single source.

Beyond the dual reality of human perception, there is a dimension of space and time that is uncertain and beyond the grasp of human thought. Beyond the separation between human consciousness and the mythical unconscious psyche or metaphysical mind of the Universe, is a translucent image of time where the future is an improvisation of the future after it has past, an interweaving fabric of all basic physical interactions with each other, a continuous series of things that blend into each other so gradually and seamlessly that it is impossible to say where one becomes the next. The principles of space and time live deep in the structure of the Universe, and cannot be changed, but through the understanding of their eternal spirit, a person could learn to live in harmony with nature.

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