Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Multidimensional Nature of Time and Space (9)

So far we have investigated how a unique experience of time (and space) is associated with all the positive integers (representing dimensional numbers).

And as such an experience directly complements the nature of physical reality, this implies likewise that a corresponding structure of time (and space) likewise exists in the physical world with respect to all positive integers.

And once again the very reason why this is not readily apparent is that the conventional scientific paradigm is based solely on the linear use of reason (with 1 as the default dimensional number). This then explains the customary interpretation of time as 1-dimensional (where it is believed to move in a single forward direction).

Likewise we have seen that a fundamental distinction divides, as it were, interpretation of time (and space) with respect to the even and corresponding interpretation with respect to the odd dimensional numbers. Basically - when understood appropriately in a dynamic relative manner - integration in nature (physical and psychological) always relates directly to even numbered, whereas differentiation is associated with the odd numbered dimensions.

So in this context Conventional Science - based on 1 as dimension - is properly suited merely as a means of differentiated interpretation of reality (and then only at the simplest unrefined level). Such science is therefore directly of an analytical rather than holistic variety.

However if we are to adopt a proper integral notion of science, it must be based on an even integer as dimensional number. Thus the simplest version of a holistic scientific approach, that is truly integral in nature, is 2-dimensional, allowing for direct complementarity with respect to the fundamental polar opposites underlying phenomenal reality (such as internal/external, quantitative/qualitative, form/emptiness etc.)

Of course the most comprehensive approach to science must necessarily combine differentiated and integrated aspects in a dynamic relative manner (allowing therefore for both odd and even numbered dimensional interpretations).

Using my own terminology. I refer to the differentiated (analytical) aspect of science as a Type 1 approach. However once again Conventional Science in fact represents but the simplest version of the Type 1 approach (where interpretation is of a basic 1-dimensional nature).

The corresponding integral (holistic) aspect of science represents the Type 2 approach. Once again the simplest integral approach is 2-dimensional in nature (using circular type reason based on the direct complementarity of "real" opposites)!

Most of my own work in recent decades has been geared to exploration of the precise implications of the 2, 4 and 8-dimensional integral approaches for science respectively.

Finally the most comprehensive is the Type 3 approach (which I formerly referred to as "radial"). This attempts to combine both the differentiated (Type 1) and integral (Type 2) aspects of science in a coherent dynamic fashion. So this would entail use of both the odd and even number integers (as dimensions). And as we shall now begin to see, it involves much more besides!

Again to briefly recap, my basic starting point is that all numbers with a recognised existing quantitative interpretation can equally be given a coherent qualitative meaning.

So far we have investigated the nature of such qualitative meaning with respect to the positive integers (both positive and negative). Therefore a distinctive dimensional meaning is associated with every positive integer, which intimately applies to the nature of time (and space) in both physical and psychological terms.

However we can have negative as well positive integers (in quantitative terms). Likewise we can have rational (fractional) values that are not integers. Then we can also have irrational number quantities (both algebraic and transcendental) as well as imaginary and complex values.

Thus, in principle, each of these number notions (as quantities) can thereby be given a corresponding qualitative meaning (as dimensions) which again intimately apply to the nature of time (and space) in both physical and psychological terms.

Therefore we start with this ongoing investigation. by first attempting to clarify the notion of negative dimensions and the important manner in which they dynamically apply to all processes in nature!

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