Space and Time

This poem is a sonnet about theories and reality.

Equality of energy and mass
Is Einstein’s theory in summation brief.
That German, who was in a different class,
Did overcome the public’s disbelief.

But theories were not made to last all time,
For they are merely steps along the way.
We were not meant to treat them as divine,
Since present thoughts aren’t those of yesterday.

A singular approach to thinking comes
When finding truths about the world are lies.
The mind to real eternity succumbs
When we do learn that true life never dies.

Although both space and time do not exist,
Until we change our minds they will persist.

In this poem, I don’t mean to say that mass and energy are not interrelated phenomena, but that the theory of relativity does not describe ultimate reality, which is beyond space and time.

People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

If, then, it is true that the axiomatic basis of theoretical physics cannot be extracted from experience but must be freely invented, can we ever hope to find the right way? Nay, more, has this right way any existence outside illusions? … I answer without hesitation that there is, in my opinion, a right way, and that we are capable of finding it. … In a certain sense, therefore, I hold that pure thought can grasp reality, as the ancients dreamed.

Are time and space illusions? Can “pure thought” apprehend reality? What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Space and Time

  1. I would say that time and space are as real as they need to be for us to use them and that for some, they are more real than for others, but real none the less.

    I would also say that pure thought can apprehend reality but only the reality that its exposed to and only retain what is experienced within the limit of its mental storage.

    My question would be, “Can we influence reality in a way that improves the experience beyond what we have already encountered?”

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Perhaps there’s a difference between virtual reality and ultimate reality. And perhaps we can divide virtual reality into sleeping dreams and waking dreams, and call ultimate reality eternity. Sleeping dreams would be controlled by the will of the individual, waking dreams would be controlled by the will of the collective, and eternity would be controlled by God (or some kind of intelligence, if you don’t like the word “God”). As one might realize, sleeping dreams (which are controlled by the individual) would be more dynamic and less stable than waking dreams (which are controlled by the collective). In addition, ultimate reality and God (if eternity and God exist) might be even more stable and enduring by their very nature. In our everyday lives, we believe that waking dreams are real and that sleeping dreams are not, but when we become aware of eternity, perhaps all dreams will take on an illusory aspect. The reason that waking dreams seem stable (and seem to be controlled by physical laws) is because the collective will of all beings on that level can be hard to change. A “miracle” or “paranormal phenomenon” might just be the manipulation of the waking dream (virtual reality) by one who is more aware of the “rules” and how to bend them.

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      1. You bring up an interesting view, maybe reality is not unique and like all things there are many of them. If this is so, then we would need to know why one reality doesn’t match another. It could be possible that each reality falls somewhere on a scale of Least to greatest probability in its constancy.

        Less Probable 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 More Probable

        Let’s say we visit one such reality known as the dream world. Once there it feels and acts very similar to our primary reality with some exceptions dealing with sudden location changes and environmental instability. This could simply be due to the fact that the dream reality falls on the scale closer to “Less Probable”, meaning where you are or what your surroundings feel like are less probable. For instance, walking through a door in the primary reality lands on a 9 for the expected outcome, the probability of you simply being outside your house when you walk out the front door is most probable but in the dream world it’s less probable. If you walk through a door it may be more probable to be where you want or need to go rather than where the door is fixed within space.
        Just a thought.

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      2. That’s an interesting idea about probability. But we have the problem of randomness and the difference (or lack of difference) between the external and internal worlds. If we assume, for the moment, that nothing is random, then a mind (or a collection of minds) must be deciding what will happen every moment. Here is a relevant quotation from the book A Course in Miracles:

        “In dreams you arrange everything. People become what you would have them be, and what they do you order…. For a time it seems as if the world were given you, to make it what you wish. You do not realize you are attacking it, trying to triumph over it and make it serve you. ¶ Dreams are perceptual temper tantrums, in which you literally scream, ‘I want it thus!’ And thus it seems to be. And yet the dream cannot escape its origin.”

        The origin of the dream is the (confused, impetuous) mind. Instead of probability, I would say that the three realities that I mentioned can be sorted by their ability to change. In the sleeping dream, changes happen rapidly, but part of the mind is still in control of what is perceived. In the waking dream, changes happen at a slower pace than in the sleeping dream because the collective minds have to agree on a course to take before the changes occur. In eternity (or ultimate reality), on the other hand, we have a singularity in which nothing changes and time and space do not exist. In eternity, theoretically, there is joy, love, peace, and satisfaction without opposite. My philosophy is based on the belief in eternity, but I realize that not everyone shares this view.

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